WAPDA initiates work on Rs 3.7 billion Jabban hydropower rehabilitation project

Lahore: Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has initiated construction work on Jabban Hydropower Rehabilitation Project at cost of Rs 3.7 billion, which is scheduled to be completed in one year and nine months.

AFD, a financial institution of France, is providing 25 million Euros for the project. Once rehabilitated 22-MW Jabban Hydropower Project will contribute 122 million units of electricity per annum.

Chairman WAPDA Shakil Durrani, speaking in ceremony at Jabban in Malakand Division in connection with initiation of rehabilitation work on the project, said WAPDA is implementing a two-pronged strategy for optimum utilization of indigenous hydropower resources to cope with growing demand of electricity in the country.

WAPDA is constructing number of new hydropower projects on priority and also engaged in executing refurbishment and rehabilitation of its aged hydel power stations. This strategy will help improve ratio of low-cost hydel electricity in the national grid so as to stabilize power tariff.

He said hydel-power projects with a cumulative generation capacity of more than 1400MW are under construction. Work on 4500-MW Diamer Bhasha Dam – the largest project in the history of Pakistan – will soon be started.

He said consultancy agreement to carry out feasibility study for upgradation of generating units of 1000MW Mangla Power Station was awarded last month. The selection of consultants for rehabilitation and refurbishment of 243MW Warsak Power Station is also under process.

Jabban Hydropower Station was established in 1937 with generation capacity of 9.6MW. Its generation capacity elevated to 19.6MW in 1952 with addition of two turbines of 5MW each. After significant contribution for socio-economic uplift of remote areas for about seven decades, it was badly damaged in a fire incident. WAPDA decided to undertake complete rehabilitation instead of its repair. Under rehabilitation works, four units of 5.5MW each will be installed to elevate its generation capacity to 22MW.

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