Two power units at Tarbela Dam shut down due to water shortage

Our Correspondent

Water level in Tarbela dam is continuously getting low as currently the water flow is below 11,000 feet, causing shutting down of two power plants at the dam that is adversely affecting the power generation capacity.

Tarbela dam administration said on Sunday that water outflow from the dam was recorded below 11,000 feet and two power units at Tarbela Dam Tunnel III and IV were not working, stopping the generation of electricity.

The administration said that 2,510 MW electricity could not be added to the national grid due to the closure of these two power units. The dam administration informed that the water level at Tarbela reached 1,436 feet.

It further explained that the minimum water level at Tarbela should be at least 1,437 feet, then the water could reach Tunnel III and IV..
Meanwhile, it is reported that Indus River System Authority (IRSA) on Sunday released 269,300 cusecs water from various rim stations with inflow of 235,500 cusecs.

According to the data released by IRSA, water level in the Indus River at Tarbela Dam was 1436.15 feet, which was 52.15 feet higher than its dead level 1386 feet. Water inflow and outflow in the dam was recorded as 112,700 and 144,400 cusecs respectively.

The water level in the Jhelum River at Mangla Dam was 1154.40 feet, which was 116.40 feet higher than its dead level of 1040 feet whereas the inflow and outflow of water was recorded as 42,900 and 45,000 cusecs respectively.

The release of water at Kalabagh, Taunsa and Sukkur was recorded as 171,500, 152,400 and 39,600 cusecs respectively.

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