Tarbela hydropower project starts power generation
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.