Neelum-Jhelum power plant running at peak capacity

Hydropower project producing 969 MW as Neelum River flow increases


Islamabad March 29, 2019
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OUR CORRESPONDENT: With the onset of summer increasing the flow of Neelum River, the Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project has reached its peak capacity of producing 969 MW of electricity. All four production units of the plant are running at their maximum. Each unit can produce 242.25 MW electricity.

According to a statement issued on Friday, the Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project became operational with the commissioning of its first unit on April 13 last year.

All four units of the project were commissioned successfully by August 14. However, the generation decreased with water flow reducing during winter.

Since its commissioning, the Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project has so far injected over 2.1 billion units (kWh) to the national grid. Ninety per cent of the project is located underground.

The project, constructed on Neelum River in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, has a dam at Nauseri, an underground waterway system based on 52-km long tunnels and an underground powerhouse at Chattar Kalas with four power generating units.

The project provides about 4.6 billion units of electricity to the national grid every year and significantly contributes to meeting the electricity requirements of the country.

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