Neelum-Jhelum attains peak capacity

IT is a matter of great satisfaction that at long last a project of national importance – Neelum-Jhelum – has achieved its full generation capacity and it is now delivering 969 MW of electricity to the national grid. Chairman WAPDA retired Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain has congratulated all those associated with the NJ project on completion of all the core production units.
This is, indeed, yet another milestone towards mitigation of load-shedding that has already been brought down to a considerable extent due to a combination of measures taken during the last five years. The completion of NJ would not only help address energy shortages but also contribute towards provision of electricity to the consumer on cheaper rates, which has been the stated objective of the authorities concerned. The experience gained by WAPDA engineers and technicians during construction of this sophisticated project would also be helpful in execution of similar other hydropower projects. Only recently, Chairman WAPDA gave a detailed briefing to the Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Saqib Nisar on plans for construction of Diamer-Bhasha and Mohmand dams and hopefully, after completion of Neelum Jhelum, WAPDA would be able to focus more on their execution on a fast track basis.
It is worth mentioning that pace of work on NJ achieved great momentum during Chairman WAPDA and with this in view one can expect that all obstacles in the way of construction of major water reservoirs would be removed in timely manner. The most difficult aspect of the entire process is funding of these projects and it is for the new government to arrange money for the purpose. The possibility of inclusion of these projects in China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) may also be explored besides involvement of China’s Three Gorges Corporation. Sustainability in provision of affordable energy is deeply linked to expeditious exploitation of hydel power potential, wind and solar potential and meeting targets of nuclear power generation.

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