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Jinnah power project 1st unit to be operational in December

Lahore: The 96 MW-Jinnah Hydropower Project is at the advanced stage of its completion. First unit will start its operation by the end of December this year. The full completion of the project is expected by the middle of 2012. On completion, the project will generate about 688 million units of electricity annually yielding an estimated benefit of Rs. 6 billion every year.

This was stated in a briefing made to the WAPDA Chairman Shakil Durrani during his visit to Jinnah Hydropower Project – a run-of-the-river scheme being constructed on the River Indus adjacent to the Jinnah Barrage in Mianwali district.

The Chairman witnessed the construction work on various components of the project including power house, switchyard and the headrace and tailrace channels during the visit. He directed the project officials, the consultants and the contractor to further gear up their efforts for completion of the project, which was adversely affected by the devastating floods last year.

Dilating upon the least-cost energy generation plan, the Chairman said that WAPDA is implementing several projects to harness the vital resource of hydropower in the country. He said that seven projects with cumulative capacity of about 1500 MW are under construction, out of those five projects of 400 MW will be completed in 2012.

In addition, the 4500 MW-Diamer Basha Dam and the 84 MW-Kurram Tangi Dam have also been initiated. Besides, the 1410 MW-Tarbela 4th Extension and the 7100 MW-Bunji Hydropower Project will soon be available for construction, as detailed engineering designs of the two projects are almost complete, he added.

The Chairman further said that detailed engineering design of the 4320 MW-Dasu Hydropower Project is also in progress, while the consultancy contract for yet another important project i.e. the 740 MW-Munda Dam will be awarded next month.

For more information, contact:
Muhammad Abid Rana
Director Public Relations
Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
G-32, WAPDA House, Lahore
Tel: +9242 9920 2633 and +9242 9920 2211 -2033 -2029
Cell: +92333 445 8293
Email: mabidrana@gmail.com

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