WAPDA working on 8 projects to produce 10, 000 MW power

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WAPDA working on 8 projects to produce 10, 000 MW power

LAHORE: Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) is implementing eight mega projects with cumulative power generation capacity of over 10,000 megawatts and gross water storage capacity of 10.6 million acre feet (MAF).

This was disclosed by WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen (Retd) Muzammil Hussain at a consultative seminar, held here at Wapda House, on Monday.

He hoped that these projects, after their completion, would help fulfill the increasing requirements of water and electricity in the country.

The seminar was attended by Wapda former chairmen Lt Gen (Retd) Zahid Ali Akbar, Shams-ul-Mulk, Lt Gen (Retd) Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Tariq Hamid, Shakil Durrani, Syed Raghib Abbas Shah and Zafar Mahmood. Wapda former members -- Asif Kazi, Sardar Muhammad Tariq, Muhammad Qasim Khan and Muhammad Shoaib Iqbal. Wapda's incumbent members and general managers were also present.

Muzammil Hussain said that a three-pronged strategy has been devised: including completion of under-construction projects in the shortest possible time, initiation of construction work on ready-for-construction projects as early as possible and making Wapda yet again a vibrant organisation.

The strategy has vigorously been pursued for the last seven months. Resultantly, three hydropower projects -- Neelum Jhelum, Tarbela 4th Extension and Golen Gol with electricity generation capacity of 2485-MW in total -- will be completed from end-2017 to mid-2018.

In addition, Phase I of Kachhi Canal will also be completed in parts in August-December 2017 to irrigate 72,000 acres of land. Construction work has been started on Kurram Tangi Dam Multi-purpose Project last month, he added.

The contractor of Keyal Khwar Hydropower Project has also been mobilised at the site to start construction work on the project.

Following the award of main civil works for Dasu Hydropower Project, the construction work on the project will commence next month. Wapda is making all-out efforts to award contracts for Mohmand Dam Multi-purpose Project and Diamer Basha Dam Multi-purpose Project by the end of this year, he added.

During the question-answer session, the officials shared their experiences with the general managers. (APP)