8 under construction water, hydropower projects to improve power supply in Pakistan

 8 under construction water, hydropower projects to improve power supply in Pakistan

Secretary WAPDA, Fakharuzzaman Ali Cheema, highlighted the imminent completion of eight ongoing water and hydropower projects, significantly amplifying the country’s water storage capacity and energy generation potential.

Upon completion, the nation’s water carryover capacity will surge from 30 to 45 days, boasting an additional storage of 9.7 million acre-feet, while hydel power generation will double to 18,000MW, an increase of 9,043MW.

This extensive portfolio of developmental initiatives, scheduled for phased completion between 2024 and 2029, stands as the most substantial undertaking in Pakistan’s water and hydropower sectors. These projects aim to fortify the nation’s water, food, and energy security.

During a recent visit by a delegation from PAF Air War College Karachi to WAPDA House, the Secretary provided insights into these projects. The notable initiatives encompass Diamer Basha Dam, Mohmand Dam, Dasu (Stage-I), Kurram Tangi Dam (Stage-I), Nai Gaj Dam, Kachhi Canal Extension, Tarbela 5th Extension Project, and Greater Karachi Bulk Water Supply Scheme (K-IV).

These projects are being implemented under the guidance of Chinese contractors, with Dasu Dam and Diamer Basha Dam falling within the scope of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The Kachhi Canal Extension project aligns with CPEC initiatives as well.

Notably, Pakistan presently stores a mere 10% of its annual river flows, significantly lower than the global average of 40%. However, the imminent completion of these ongoing projects holds the promise of substantially ameliorating the country’s water and hydropower situation, a critical step toward addressing these key challenges.

News Desk