Dasu Dam in­au­gu­rated

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Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif has laid the foun­da­tion for the Dasu power project in Ko­his­tan. The dam will make a con­tri­bu­tion to­wards meet­ing the short­fall of elec­tric­ity in the coun­try.

At the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony of the 4,320 megawatt power project, Nawaz said that hy­del re­sources will be fully ex­ploited in or­der to over­come the coun­try’s elec­tric­ity cri­sis.

The World Bank has agreed to pro­vide as­sis­tance worth $1 bil­lion for the project, which is ex­pected to be com­pleted in two phases; the first phase will be com­pleted in five years and will add 2,160MW elec­tric­ity to the na­tional grid.

Over the next few years, an ad­di­tional 40,000 megawatts of elec­tric­ity could be gen­er­ated from new power pro­jects on the In­dus River. At present, only 7,000 megawatts of elec­tric­ity is be­ing gen­er­ated from this source.

The Dasu project is part of the least-cost en­ergy pro­duc­tion plans of Wapda aimed at har­ness­ing the coun­try’s hy­dropower re­sources to gen­er­ate en­vi­ron­ment­friendly elec­tric­ity and to im­prove the share of hy­dro­elec­tric­ity in the en­ergy mix.

The project will be con­structed on the In­dus River, seven kilo­me­tres up­stream of Dasu vil­lage and 74 km down­stream of Di­amer-Bhasha Dam. Ac­cord­ing to a state­ment is­sued by Wapda, the project will gen­er­ate 21.3 bil­lion units of elec­tric­ity per an­num and will also have a pos­i­tive im­pact on ex­ist­ing hy­dropower sta­tions such as Tar­bela, Ghazi Barotha and Chashma.

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