LAHORE: In a significant development towards completion of the 121 MW Allai Khwar Hydropower Project, water filling in the reservoir has begun today. With filling of the reservoir, the project has entered its completion stage. The project, comprising two generating units of 61.5 MW each, is likely to start generating electricity on a trial basis by the end of the month.
Other main components of the project including a dam, the 2.3-kilometer long steel-lined tunnel, structure of the power house and switchyard have already been completed. Environment-friendly Allai Khwar Hydropower Project, on its completion, will generate 560 million units of low-cost hydel electricity per annum, which will help save millions of dollars on the generation of costly thermal energy.
Allai Khwar – one of the three hydropower projects – is being constructed on a tributary of Indus River in district Battagram of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
The other two high-head hydropower projects include the 72 MW Khan Khwar and the 130 MW Duber Khwar projects. Following completion of the Khan Khwar Hydropower Project, which was formally inaugurated by the prime minister a couple of months ago, the Duber Khwar Hydropower Project is also nearing completion and is expected to be completed in early 2013.
Allai Khwar Hydropower Project is part of Wapda’s least-cost energy generation plan that is being executed to cope with the increasing needs of electricity and water in the country. Under the plan, Wapda is working on 20 large and medium-sized projects with cumulative electricity generation capacity of 20,000 MW and water storage capacity of 12 million acre feet.
Of these projects, six multipurpose schemes with a power generation capacity of over 400 MW and water storage capacity of 1.23 million acre feet will be completed in 2012 and early 2013.