The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) has decided to start the construction work on three hydropower projects in a couple of months as all pre-requisites for initiation of the projects are complete.
With a cumulative generation capacity of about 1,540 megawatts (MW) and gross water storage capacity of 250,000 acre feet, these projects include two hydropower projects namely Tarbela fourth extension and Keyal Khwar, and one energy generation and water storage plan, under which 26 projects capable of producing 21,000MW and storing 13 million acre feet (MAF) of water are in various phases of implementation.
The 1,410MW-Tarbela fourth extension project is being undertaken as the fourth extension of the Tarbela hydel power station. Three generating units of 470MW each will be installed to enhance the capacity of the Tarbela power station to 4,888MW from 3,478MW. The annual energy contribution of the Tarbela fourth extension project has been estimated at 3,480 million units. The World Bank is providing $840 million for the project.
Keyal Khwar Dam is located in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa. With a power generation capacity of 122MW, the dam’s annual energy contribution is estimated to be 426 million units with estimated annual benefits of about Rs3.5 billion.
Published in The Express Tribune, January 30th, 2013.
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