Over 11,000MW of new hydel projects will be produced

The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) is working on six hydroelectric power projects that, when completed, would increase the current hydroelectric output capacity of 9,443 MW to 11,241 MW of environmentally beneficial electricity.

Officials from Wapda told APP that the total installed capacity of the company’s 24 hydel power stations now stands at 9,443 MW, and the addition of 11,241 MW will raise that capacity to 20,684 MW.

Tarbela, Mangla, Ghazi Barotha, Neelum-Jhelum, and Warsak were among the existing hydel power plants, and together they supplied around 25% of the system’s overall capacity of 36,166 MW from all sources.

These power plants’ annual net energy output was around 32,000 gigawatt-hours (GWh).

The Dasu Hydropower Project will add 4,320MW to the national grid system, as will the Tarbela 5th Extension will add 1,510MW, Mohmand Dam will add 800MW, Diamer-Bhasha Dam will add 4,500MW, Keyal Khwar Power Project will add 128MW, and Kurram Tangi will add 83.4MW.

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