KP desires NEPRA to help improve power-shortfall: CM

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Power generation of Tarbela Dam reduced to 650 MW

Staff Reporter

Peshawar

Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Mahmood Khan has said that upgrading the transmission lines is indispensable to solve the power problems in the province on permanent basis. He emphasized on improving the transmission lines, upgradation of grade stations and power installations in the newly merged tribal districts, so as to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the tribal people, adding that the provincial government desires to work on new hydropower projects with the collaboration of National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) in the province.
Mahmood Khan stated that the incumbent government is also taking special measures to initiate new energy and power projects for the production of its own electricity, which will not only overcome the power problems but will also boost the revenue generation in the province. He was talking to Chairman NEPRA Tauseef H Farooqi regarding Energy and Power issues in the province, at Chief Minister Secretariat Peshawar. Advisor to Chief Minister for Energy and Power Hemayat Ullah Khan, Member NEPRA from KP Engineer Bahadur Shah, Member NEPRA Punjab Saifullah Chatta, Member NEPRA Sindh Rafiq Ahmed Sheikh, Member NEPRA Balochistan Rahmatullah Baloch, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister Shahab Ali Shah and others were also present on the occasion.
The Chief Minister and Chairman NEPRA discussed issues relating energy and power of the province in detail. The Chief Minister stated that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will take steps to work together with NEPRA for a long lasting solution to Energy and Power load shedding in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including newly merged tribal districts. He said that the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is keen to make progress on hydropower projects, electricity wheeling and other energy issues in the province with the cooperation of NEPRA. Mahmood Khan assured Chairman NEPRA that Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will provide every possible support and will also facilitate NEPRA at every forum, so as to resolve the power issues in the province.
Meanwhile, it is reported that eleven power generation plants of Tarbaila dam Saturday closed owing to decreased water inflow in the lake which also reduced the water level in the reservoir. According to the Tarbail Dam officials, owing to the decreased water inflow 11 power generation units of the dam has been shut down and only 605 megawatts of electricity has also been produced while only 6 units of the dam are working.
The water storage capacity of the dam also reduced by 70 feet and today the water level of the dam was recorded 1480.92 feet. The shortage in the Tarbaila Lake reservoir would affect both power generation and the agriculture sector. Today 21600 square feet water inflow was recorded while outflow reduced from 55000 cusecs to 50000 cusecs which was discharged in Ghazi Brotha stream.