70pc work completed on Tarbela 4th extension project


Islamabad—Around 70 per cent work has been completed on the Tarbela 4th Extension Power Project so far and its Unit 17 would likely to start supplying power generation by August 2017. Official sources said that work on Spiral Case and Pet Liner of the Unit 17 had already been completed.
They said the Unit 17 would start generation first followed by Unit 16 and Unit 15.
The sources said earth work of the Switchyard had also been completed while the up-gradation of the Switchyard was scheduled to be completed in May 2017,enabling WAPDA to disperse electricity from Tarbela Hydel Power Station to the National Grid after completion of Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project. Three units of 370 MW each would be installed at the power house which would enhance the total electricity generation to 4888 MW from the existing 3478 MW, they said. They said the project would cost $920 million and additional 1410 MW cheaper hydel electricity would be generated.
Earlier the project was scheduled to be completed in 2018, but on the directive of the prime minister, work has been expedited on the project and now it would be ready by next year.
The World Bank was providing $ 840 million for the project while Water and Power Development Authority arranged the remaining $ 80 million. Dilating upon the benefits of the project, they said that the project having three units of 370MW each would produce 3,840GWh of cheap hydropower at a time when electricity needs would be at peak in hot and humid weather.—APP