Work on Marala Hydro Power Project started

SIALKOT: The construction work on 20 Mega Watts Hydro Power Project at Head Marala kicked off, as the PML-N MNA Khawaja Muhammad Asif laid the foundation stone of mega project during a special ground breaking ceremony held here on Tuesday.

While giving a detailed briefing about the project, Provincial Secretary Energy Department Punjab Rab Nawaz said that the project would be completed in May 2014 with a stipulated period of 30 months, with total cost of US $ 35.38 million under the supervision of Punjab government, as the contact of the project has been awarded to the Chinese firm namely M/s SINOTEC-SHPE (JV) of China under the renewable Energy Development Sector Investment Programme funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

He added that the Marala Hydro Power project has the initial installed capacity of 7.64 MW having number of units 4Kaplan Turbine with annual generation 50.3 GWh (50.3 million units). The hydropower power site exists on Upper Chenab Canal (UCC) at downstream of the head regulator of UCC at Marala Barrage.

The barrage is located about 22 KM North-West of Sialkot city on River Chenab. While, the main components of the project include Head race Channel, Power House, Tail Race Channel, Spillway, Substation, transmission Line, residential Colony and offices, he added.

Rab Nawaz revealed that the ADB had offered a multi-tranche loan of US $ 500 million to the Pakistan Government for development of the renewable energy resource, under Renewable. Energy Development Sector Investment Programme (REDSIP). Punjab had availed the first tranche of US $ 98 million for construction of five small hydro power projects (HPPs) on canal falls including Head Marala.

He said that the said hydro power project initiated by the PML-N government would be helpful to provide the uninterrupted supply of electricity to the export industries of Sialkot, badly hit by the recent unending power outages.

He narrated that the Punjab government has started implementation on a mega project of establishing 200 MW hydro power projects on the canal system in Punjab, which would be helpful to overcome the menace of the existing power crisis, besides keeping the industrial wheel moving.

MNAs, MPAs, senior male and female Chinese technical experts, Guang Ming (President Chinese firm namely M/s SINOTEC-SHPE (JV) of China), Provincial Secretary Energy department Punjab Rab Nawaz , President Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) Naeem Anwar Qureshi, senior journalists and notables were also present on the occasion.

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