PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government has allocated Rs5.13 billion for five hydropower generation projects to inject around 200 megawatts electricity into the national grid.
An official of the provincial government, while referring to the Annual Development Programme (ADP) for the 2012-13 fiscal programme, stated that the provincial government as part of its Action Plan worked out in 2010 had set aside Rs 5.13 billion for the five projects to boost hydropower generation in the province.
He revealed that at the moment, the Sarhad Hydel Development Organisation (SHYDO) was operating four other Hydropower Stations in the Malakand, Swabi and Chitral districts with total installed capacity of 105 MW.
The official said that the government of Pakistan had signed a loan agreement with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) for the development of Hydropower Potential in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the total revised cost of which was Rs.6026.41 million. Under the project, the SHYDO would construct two new projects with a total installed capacity of 20 MW. These projects were under various stages of implementation and would be completed during the next three years.
In addition, the Daral Khwar hydropower project, with the capacity of 36 MW, and an estimated cost of Rs. 6958.42 million would be funded through the Hydel Development Fund and the ADP (90:10 ratio), he reported and added that it had been inaugurated in April and would be completed in three years. The project would generate annual revenue of Rs. 1 billion for the province.
The official stated that as a whole, the province had the potential for over 45000 MW in 26 scattered locations in Lower Chitral, Indus Kohistan, Swat Valley, Indus Swat, Mansehra West, Kaghan Valley and Dir, Upper Chitral.
Under the ADB loan, the SHYDO had also conducted feasibility studies of the Koto, Karora New and Matiltan hydropower projects with an estimated installed capacity of 48 MW and that the construction work on these projects would start during the next financial year. It would be completed in the next five years.
The PC-1’s for these sites have been cleared by the PDWP and the consultants would soon be appointed during the current financial year.
He said that the Koto hydropower project was located in Dir Lower with a capacity of 31 MW, Karora New HPP was located in Shangla and it would generate around 10mw electricity while the Jabori HPP site was in Mansehra and after completion it would produce 7mw. Located in Swat, the Matiltan hydropower project would have the capacity of 84 MW, while the fifth hydropower project he wanted to launch during the next fiscal year was the Lawi HPP, located in Chitral, which had an installed capacity of the 69 MW.
The official said that on the request of the provincial government, the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) had handed over the feasibility study of the Lawi, which has been included in the ADP 2011-12 and now in the ADP 2012-13. The PC-I for the construction of the project had been submitted to the ECNEC for approval and work on Lawi HPP would be started in July this year.
The land acquisition process for the project was in progress, he added.
The provincial government had already allocated Rs 5.13 billion in the ADP, which would be completed in the next three to five years.
The abovementioned projects, once completed, would generate around 200 MW that would help ease the power crisis to an extent, the Finance Minister Engineer Muhammad Humayun Khan told this scribe, adding that pulling the country out of the power crisis was the topmost priority of the government.