Pakistan: hydropower projects

Construction work on the 4500MW Diamer Basha Dam Project will be initiated in 2009, along with another half dozen mega hydropower projects including Kohala, Dasu, Bunji, Munda, Palas Valley, which will be undertaken in 2010 to 2012. Mr Shakil Durrani chairman of the Water and Power Development Authority states that these projects would generate about 21,000MW of electricity on their completion and help improve low cost hydropower proportion in the national grid. After its bifurcation in 2007, WAPDA has become fully focused on water and hydropower development. The work on the 969MW Neelum Jhelum Hydroelectric Project has already started while feasibility studies and detailed engineering designs of most of the mega projects in both water and power sectors are currently at the advance stages and likely to be completed by 2009.
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