Govt’s plan to end loadshedding by 2018 transforming fast into reality

Peshawar—Nearly a dozen hydro-power projects under completion in KP, a province most-suited to this type of power generation, are set to help the government achieve its target of ending load-shedding by 2018.
These power projects include Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project (EHP) of 1410 MW generation capacity, Golen Goal Hydro Power Project (GGIP) in chitral district, with a projected capacity of 108 MW electricity, Gomal Zam dam (18 MW capacity) and a host of others.
Director Projects North, (Wapda), Salim Mirza, said the government was putting special focus on EHP, to be completed next year, that would help Wapda to generate additional electricity during the high flow season of 2017. The project will increase the generation capacity of Tarbela Hydel Power Station from 3478 MW to 4888 MW, following installation of three units -with installed capacity of 470 MW each -on Tunnel No. 4 of Tarbela Dam.
On completion, the project will add about 3.84 billion units of low-cost electricity to the National Grid per annum and its annual estimated benefits are about Rs. 30.7 billion.
The gigantic Golen Goal Hydro Power Project (GGIP) in Chitral district would be completed by December 2017, adding 108 MW electricity to the national grid. Work on Gomal Zam dam in South Waziristan Agency with 18MW capacity of power generation, has been completed and generation of electricity on experimental basis has started.
The project would immensely help address the issue of low voltage and load-shedding problem in districts Tank and DI Khan and South Waziristan Agency in FATA, also irrigating 1,91,0000 acres of barren land of southern districts of Khyber Pakthunkhwa.The work on 60-kilomters long main canal from the dam has been completed.
Officials said that the Government has also expedited work on 969 MW-Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project (NJHP) and the left headrace tunnel has also been successfully connected. The Wapda authorities said 78 percent work on NJHP has been completed whereas the redesigned composite dam and the spillways are 74 percent and 100 percent completed respectively. The project would be completed next year.
Other notable hydro-power projects in KPK include Dasu Hydropower Project (DHP) in Kohistan (2160 MW capacity) with construction to commence by July this year at a cost of US$ 4.3 billion, Tangi-Kuram dam with 83 MW capacity in North Wazirsistan Agency, at a cost of Rs. 20 billion,”Mohmand Dam’ at confluence of Charsadda and Mohmand Agency near Tangi on river Swat that would generate 750MW electricity besides irrigation of thousands of acres of lands of northern KP and Mohmand Agency. “
With the completion of these Federal Government’s projects, Salim Mirza said, not only the menace of loadshedding would be addressed once and for all by 2018 and the country would also become one of the energy-surplus countries. Another official said that in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the provincial government is also supplementing the efforts of the federal government to address the problem of energy shortfall.
The government has already completed work on 17MW Ranolia in Dasu Kohistan and 2.6MW Machi Mardan and Darkhwar in Swat with 36.6MW power generation capacity, whereas ongoing 11MW Karora in Shangla and Jabori Mansera 10.2 MW would be completed by May 2018, officials in Provincial Energy Department told media.—APP

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