Tarbela Dam to generate over 4,800 MW after extension

Islamabad: The generation capacity of the Tarbela Hydropower Station would rise to 4,828 megawatt (MW) after the installation of 1,350 MW units as part of the 4th Extension Project, Water and Power Development Authority Chairman Shakil Durrani said during his visit to the project.

Consultants engaged for preparing the Tarbela Dam extension design have established in their findings that three turbines of 450-MW each could be installed instead of two turbines of 480-MW each, as envisaged in an earlier study, Durrani said according to a statement.

The independent panel of international experts has also endorsed these findings, he said. Tarbela Dam Project General Manager, Project Director and other officers concerned were also present during the visit, the statement said.

The Chairman visited Tunnel No. 4 and proposed site of the powerhouse for Tarbela 4th Extension Project. He also visited Tarbela Power House to witness Unit No. 4 that has recently been rehabilitated by WAPDA with financial assistance of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project is a part of least-cost energy generation plan, being implemented by WAPDA to harness indigenous hydropower resources to improve the ratio of hydroelectricity in the national grid.

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