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Neelum-Jhelum project achieves maximum capacity after repair

By Our Correspondent
March 30, 2024
This image shows WAPDA hydropower.— AFP/File
This image shows WAPDA hydropower.— AFP/File

LAHORE: Neelum Jhelum Hydroelectric Project has achieved its maximum generation capacity of 969 MW after completion of repair work on one of its tunnels.

Following resumption of its operation early this month after inspection of the tail race tunnel (TRT), the project is continuously in operation as per the availability of water and contributing electricity to the National Grid, especially during Sehr and Iftar of the holy month of Ramadan.

Taking advantage of the low-flow season, operation of Neelum Jhelum Hydroelectric Project was stopped on January 10 for inspection of the rehabilitated tail race tunnel. Subsequently, the detailed inspection was successfully carried out prior to resumption of generation from the project early this month. Most importantly, International Panel of Experts also inspected the tail race tunnel. Neelum Jhelum is a unique hydropower project with 90% being underground under high mountains over burden. The project, completed in 2018 on River Neelum in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, comprises of a Dam at Nauseri, an underground waterway system consisting of 52-Km long tunnels and an underground powerhouse at Chattar Kalas with four power generating units of 242.25 MW each.