Staff Reporter Peshawar
Energy and Power Department Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has completed 8 different Hydro Power Projects with total capacity of 161 MW through which Rs. 3.98 Billion annual revenue is expected.
Similarly, under the solar project, five different schemes of 3.12 MW have been completed which have resulted in annual saving of Rs. 86 Million.
Work is also in progress on the construction of other seven hydro power projects with total capacity of 232 MW and 7 solar projects with total capacity of 43 MW as well. These projects are expected to generate annual revenue of Rs. 9 Billion and saving of Rs. 865 Million respectively.
This was told in a meeting of Energy & Power Department held here with Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan in the chair on Tuesday.
The forum was briefed about the major achievements and overall performance of the department and was told that so far 8 hydro power projects had been completed in the province that include 81 MW Malakand-III Hydro Power Project Dargai, 18 MW Hydro Power Project Pehur, 1.8 MW Shishi Hydro Power Project Chitral, 4.2 MW Reshun Hydro Power Project Chitral, 2.6 MW Machai Hydro Power Project Mardan, 36.6 MW Daral Hydro Power Project Swat, 17 MW Ranolia Hydro Power Project Kohistan and 10 mini micro projects on Canals.
Similarly it was informed that 7 Hydro Power Projects were under construction in the different parts of the province including 10.2 MW Jabori Hydro Power Project Mansehra, 11.8 MW Karora Hydro Power Project Shangla, 40.8 MW Koto Hydro Power Project Dir Lower, 84 MW Mataltan Hydro Power Project Swat, 69 MW Lawi Hydro Power Project Chitral, 10.5 MW Chapri Charkhel Hydro Power Project Kurrum and 6.5 MW Barando Hydro Power Project District Torghar.
The authorities told that an agreement had been signed with Asian Development Bank for the construction of 300 MW Balakot Hydro Power Project adding that an agreement had also been inked with World Bank for the construction of 157 MW Madain Hydro Power Project and 88 MW Gabral Kalam Hydro Power Project.
They informed that under the Public Private Partnership, 188 MW Naran and 96 MW Batakundi Hydro Power Projects were also under construction whereas feasibility for 496 MW Spatgah Hydro Power Project was in progress.
It was further informed that PCIs of three different projects having the total capacity of 564 MW had been prepared adding that these projects would be reflected in the next Public Sector Development Program.
Briefing about the solar projects, the authorities informed that 2323 mosques had been solarized in the province adding that under the project a total of 4000 mosques would be converted on solar system.
Similarly, 8000 schools were also being solarized in the province out of which solarization of 3000 schools had been completed so far.
Expressing his satisfaction over the performance of the Energy Department, the chief minister has directed the quarters concerned to prepare workable operational plan for operating completed mini micro hydel power stations further directing them to ensure participation of local community for the better management of these hydel power stations.