Islamabad: Federal Minister for Water and Power, Syed Naveed Qamar has directed Wapda authorities to expedite the work on 1350 MW Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower project and complete it ahead of time.
He made these directions while presiding over a meeting during his first visit to Tarbela Dam today.
The Minister said that after completion of the extension project, the crises will reduce and the country will get the cheap electricity. He asked that the units of the power house should be in the operational condition and there should be no long hour shut down due to minor fault. He said there should be stock available of spare parts and technical staff should remain present round the clock. During summer, no risk of long hour shut down will be allowed as it directly increases the shortfall. He said that the government is focusing to hydel power generation and number of small and mega projects have been started. Hydropower is not only an environment friendly electricity resource but also the cheapest one.
Earlier, the Minister was given briefing by the General Manager and was informed that the total generation capacity of the existing Tarbela House will rise to 4828 MW after installation of 1350 MW units as part of the 4th Extension project. The project includes installation of three units, 450 MW each at Tarbela Dam on existing tunnel -4, being used for irrigation releases. The 4th extension project will provide about 3.5 billion units low cost electricity to the national grid per annum. The Minister was also briefed on the present storage capacity, inflows and out flows. It was also informed that indents are being released as per the instructions of the IRSA. Chairman Wapda, Shakeel Durrani was also accompanied him.
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