Hydropower: Imported machinery to help complete Neelum-Jhelum project before time

Published: February 29, 2012

The Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project is likely to be completed about two years ahead of schedule now that Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) have reached the site. PHOTO: FILE

ISLAMABAD: 

The Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project is likely to be completed about two years ahead of schedule now that Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) have reached the site. 

Official sources in Wapda said that the TBMs were imported from Germany at a cost of around Rs8 billion and would expedite the excavation of 32- kilometre long water tunnels.

Pakistan would join the club of hi-tech countries which use the machinery for excavating tunnels. The sources said construction work was under process on the project round the clock to ensure completion of the project by June 2016.

The 969MW Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project is part of Wapda’s low cost generation programme, being implemented on a priority basis. The project is being constructed over Rivers Neelum and Jhelum in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

The project will contribute about 5.15 billion units of electricity annually to the national grid. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs45 billion.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 29th, 2012.

Reader Comments (4)

  • khan
    Feb 29, 2012 - 10:56AM

    whats the point in spending this extra money and sell more stake to the chinese? The Indians have deployed TBMs early 2011, and almost 70% of the work is done on Kishanganga. They are well on track on finish the project by 2.. its a 2014-15 frame, and will retain the rights on the river. Even International Arbitration have allowed India to continue construction… In my mind, we can finsih by 2016, 17, 18.. its a game lost as usual…

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  • lashari baloch
    Feb 29, 2012 - 12:53PM

    @khan:
    so you are an indian LOL

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  • Rizwan
    Feb 29, 2012 - 1:37PM

    I agree with the comments of Mr Khan ,Government is only trying to pull a fast one .We have already lost the case in international court all due to to our negligence and miss-doings.Government should let the media and public at large know what was the water treaty and what the international court wordict is .Recommend

  • meekal ahmed
    Feb 29, 2012 - 5:17PM

    One despairs of negative comments even when the news has something positive in it.

    Completing a project of this complexity on time and on cost is a rarity. Completing it before schedule would be a most welcome outcome. Let us hope that there are no slippages.

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