Dasu Dam inaugurated
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.