WAPDA confident of completing 4th extension by May 2018

Published: July 2, 2017
Chairman reviews progress of 1,410MW project, says pace of work satisfactory. PHOTO: FILE

Chairman reviews progress of 1,410MW project, says pace of work satisfactory. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Chairman Muzammil Hussain visited the 1,410MW Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project on Saturday and reviewed construction progress on various components including intake structure, power house, and switch yard among others.

During the visit, Wapda project authorities and representatives of the consultants and the contractors briefed the chairman about the progress achieved so far on civil and electro-mechanical works. Detailed deliberations were also made about the steps to meet challenges faced by the project.

Speaking on the occasion, Hussain said that he was satisfied with the pace of the under-construction projects of Wapda including Tarbela 4th Extension.

He said that Wapda is confident about completing the Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project in a phased manner from February 2018 to May 2018. However, steady efforts on part of the project management including the consultants and the contractors are needed to meet the timelines vis-à-vis implementation of the project.

The chairman expressed hope that the project management would put in their maximum for the purpose.

The 1410MW project is a component of least-cost energy generation plan, which is being implemented by Wapda on a priority basis. Under Tarbela 4th Extension Project, three generating units – each of them having a capacity of 470MW – are being installed at Tunnel 4 of the Tarbela Dam.

With completion of the project, generation capacity of Tarbela hydel power station will increase to 4,888MW from the existing 3,478MW.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 2nd, 2017.

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