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Neelum Jhelum Powerhouse resumes generation on schedule after contractual inspection

Lahore,
February 02, 2019 (PPI-OT): In the wake of contractual inspection, Neelum
Jhelum Hydropower Project has resumed power generation today (February 2) on
schedule. The project, which was commissioned in April 2018, remained shut down
from January 5 onwards for the contractual inspection of the plant during the
low flow period of River Neelum.

The
inspection of plant on depressurization of Tailrace showed the civil works and
E and M works in good quality of construction and robust equipment. The repair
where required was minor and carried out on 3.5 KM underground Tailrace, draft
tubes, bonnet gates, the MIVs and the generating units along with the auxiliary
equipment. The spillway and debris channel gates of the Dam structure were also
tested under full operational level of the reservoir which functioned
satisfactorily.

The
available flow of River Neelum is around 60 Cumecs which allows operation of
one unit utilizing live storage of the reservoir. Thus, the Neelum Jhelum
Powerhouse is generating about 242 MW at present. All the four units require
280 Cumecs of water which will be possible by March / April 2019 entailing full
generation of 969 MW. The Powerhouse is expected to achieve design energy
production of annual 4.6 billion units during 2019-2020 generating revenue of
Rs. 50 billion per annum approximately.

It is
worth mentioning that the first unit of Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project was
commissioned in April 2018. Its all four units went into operation in a phased
manner by August 14, 2018. Prior to its contractual inspection, Neelum Jhelum
Hydropower Project injected over 1.8 billion units to the National Grid.

For more information, contact:

Public Relations Division,

Pakistan Water and Power Development
Authority (WAPDA)

G-32, WAPDA House,
Sharah-e-Quaid-e-Azam, Lahore, Pakistan

Tel: +92-42-99202633

Fax: +92-42-99203144

Cell: +92-333-4515923

Email: wapdapr@gmail.com

Website: http://www.wapda.gov.pk/

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