Tar­bela hy­dropower project starts power gen­er­a­tion

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The Wa­ter and Power Devel­op­ment Author­ity (Wapda) achieved an­other land­mark to­wards en­ergy se­cu­rity of the coun­try, as Tar­bela 4th Ex­ten­sion hy­dropower project started elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion in Fe­bru­ary.

To mark the sig­nif­i­cant devel­op­ment of elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion from the first unit, Wapda Chair­man Lt Gen Muza­m­mil Hus­sain (Retd) vis­ited Tar­bela 4th Ex­ten­sion hy­dropower project.

Con­grat­u­lat­ing the Wapda project man­age­ment, the con­sul­tants and the contractors on suc­cess­ful com­mis­sion­ing of the first unit, the chair­man said the author­ity is able to achieve this tar­get with the bless­ings of Almighty Al­lah and de­vo­tion and hard work of the en­gi­neers and other of­fi­cials as­so­ci­ated with the project.

High­light­ing the sig­nif­i­cance of the project in eco­nomic devel­op­ment and so­cial up­lift of the coun­try, he said the prime min­is­ter will for­mally in­au­gu­rate Tar­bela 4th ex­ten­sion hy­dropower project in the sec­ond week of March. Un­der the 1,410MW project, three elec­tric power gen­er­at­ing units – each of them hav­ing ca­pac­ity of 470MW – have been in­stalled at the Tun­nel 4 of Tar­bela Dam.

The first unit has started elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion. The sec­ond unit is sched­uled to be com­mis­sioned by the end of April, while the third unit is sched­uled to start elec­tric­ity gen­er­a­tion by the end of May.

Wapda is de­ter­mined to add 2,487MW low-cost hy­del elec­tric­ity to the na­tional grid by June with phased com­ple­tion of its three hy­dropower projects, in­clud­ing the 108MW Golen Gol, 969MW Neelum-Jhelum and 1,410MW Tar­bela 4th Ex­ten­sion.

The 1,410MW Tar­bela 4th Ex­ten­sion project is a com­po­nent of least-cost en­ergy gen­er­a­tion plan be­ing im­ple­mented by Wapda on a priority basis to meet elec­tric­ity re­quire­ments of the coun­try and in­crease the ra­tio of hy­del elec­tric­ity in the na­tional grid to sta­bilise elec­tric­ity tar­iff for the con­sumers.

With the com­ple­tion of the project, gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity of the ex­ist­ing Tar­bela hy­del power sta­tion will in­crease to 4,888MW from the ex­ist­ing 3,478MW. Tar­bela 4th ex­ten­sion hy­dropower project will pro­vide 3.84 bil­lion units of elec­tric­ity to the na­tional grid per an­num. An­nual ben­e­fits of the project have been es­ti­mated at Rs30 bil­lion. The project will pay back its cost in just three years.

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