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April 10, 2018

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Neelum-Jhelum project starts power supply to national grid

LAHORE: Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project on Monday started providing electricity to the National Grid on trial basis.

The first unit is contributing 60MW electricity to the system and will generate electricity to its full capacity to the tune of 242MW within next two days. Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project, located in Azad Jammu & Kashmir, is scheduled to be inaugurated on 13th April. The project has four units with cumulative generation capacity of 969MW.

The first unit has started electricity generation followed by the second, third and fourth units at one month interval respectively. Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project is an engineering marvel with 90 percent of the project being underground in the high mountain areas. The project consists of three main components i.e. a dam, water-way system comprising 52km long tunnels and an underground power house. The project will provide about five billion low-cost hydel electricity to the National Grid every year.

Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs55 billion. For optimal utilisation of water and hydropower resources in the country, Wapda has been implementing a two-pronged strategy for the purpose. Under the strategy, not only the under-construction projects are being completed in the shortest possible time but new projects are also being initiated in both water and hydropower sectors.

Wapda is trying its best to award contracts for Mohmand Dam and Diamer Basha Dam within a year to supplement significantly towards existing water storage and hydropower generation capacities in the country.

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