Lahore, June 12, 2013 (PPI-OT): In a significant development towards availing the financial assistance amounting to US dollar 840 million provided by the World Bank for construction of the 1410-MW Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project, an agreement was signed among the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), the National Transmission and Dispatch Company (NTDC) and a local bank to open an Escrow account for implementation of the project.
Federal Water and Power Minister Khwaja Muhammad Asif, Federal Water and Power Secretary Anwar Ahmad Khan and WAPDA Chairman Syed Raghib Abbas Shah were also present on the occasion.
Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project is a part of least-cost power generation strategy of the Government being implemented by WAPDA on priority. This strategy not only aims at adding a sizeable quantum of electricity to the national grid but also improving the ratio of low-cost hydel electricity in the overall system to stabilize the power tariff.
Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project will be constructed in about four years with an estimated cost of US $928 million. It is pertinent to mention that the World Bank has agreed to provide $840 million for the project.
Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project will increase the generation capacity of Tarbela Hydel Power Station to 4888 MW after installation of another three units of 1410 MW on Tunnel No. 4. Main dam, intake and tunnel already exist. Only construction of the powerhouse, penstock, extension of the switchyard and installation of electrical and mechanical equipment are to be undertaken for the project.
On completion, Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project will provide about 3.84 billion units low-cost electricity to the National Grid per annum. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at about Rs.30.7 billion.
The project will pay back its cost in just three years. The project will also be instrumental in saving foreign exchange on import of almost one million ton of furnace oil annually, required for the equivalent generation of electricity from thermal sources. The project will also provide a cushion to undertake rehabilitation and up-gradation of the existing Tarbela Power House during the lean period.
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