Neelum-Jhelum to start generation by December

Shipping minister responds in senate, says project will cost $1.2b


APP September 14, 2017
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ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Ports and Shipping Chaudhry Jaffar Iqbal informed the Senate that the first turbine of Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project would start generation by December.

Responding to various supplementary questions during question hour, the minister said that as per CASA-1000 agreement, Pakistan would import 1,300MW of electricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyz Republic through Afghanistan.

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The project would cost $1.2 billion and financing has been arranged from World Bank, Islamic Development Bank and European Development Bank, he added.

However, civil work had not yet started on the project while 104MW was being imported from Iran, Iqbal stated.

To another question, he said that Kurram Tangi dam project would be implemented in two stages.

He said PC-I of the project (stage-I) was approved by Ecnec on April 22, 2016 at a cost of Rs21.1 billion.

“Construction activities are in progress and physical progress was 15.6%.”

The first stage of the project is expected to be completed by April 2019, he added.

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The minister revealed that the feasibility study of Thakot Hydropower project was in progress and was expected to be completed by December. He said that a sum of Rs208.504 million had been spent on the project during 2016-17.

The project would be developed on Indus River in District Shangla and it would generate 4,000MW electricity.

Published in The Express Tribune, September 14th, 2017.

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