Jinnah power project to be operational in December

LAHORE: The 96MW Jinnah Hydropower Project is at the advanced stage of its completion and its first unit will start operations by the end of December.

This was stated in a briefing to the Chairman of Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Shakil Durrani during his visit to the project, a run-of-the-river scheme being constructed on the Indus adjacent to the Jinnah Barrage in Mianwali district.

The full completion of the project is expected by the middle of 2012. On completion, the project will generate about 688 million units of electricity annually, yielding an estimated benefit of Rs6 billion every year.

According to a press release issued on Saturday, the Chairman witnessed the construction work on various components of the project.

He directed the officials, the consultants and the contractor to further gear up their efforts for completion of the project, which was adversely affected by the last year’s floods.

The Chairman said that WAPDA is implementing several projects to harness hydropower. He said that seven projects with cumulative capacity of about 1500 MW are under construction.

In addition, the 4,500 MW Diamer Basha Dam and the 84 MW Kurram Tangi Dam have also been initiated, he said. Besides, the 1,410 MW Tarbela 4th Extension and the 7,100 MW Bunji Hydropower Project will soon be available for construction, as detailed engineering designs of the two projects are almost complete, he added.

The Chairman further said that detailed engineering design of 4,320 MW Dasu Hydropower Project is also in progress, while the consultancy contract for 740 MW Munda Dam will be awarded next month.

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