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11 multi-purpose power generation, water storage projects ready for construction.

ISLAMABAD -- As many as 11 multi-purpose power generation and water storage projects, with a total 14,559 MW capacity, are ready for construction. Sharing the details, sources told reporter that these projects included 7,11 MW Bunji Hydropower project, 128 MW Keyal Khwar hydropower, Tarbela 5th Extension, Naulong dam, 64 MW Kurram Tangi (Stage-II), 2160 MW Dasu (Stage-II), 34.5 MW Harpo hydropower,, 50 MW Warsak 2nd Rehabilitation, Dargai Rehabilitation and Capacity Enhancement of Chitral Hydropower projects. These projects would not only help generate cheap hydel electricity but also enhance storage capacity of the country.

Some of them were run of the river projects and their construction period was ranging between 3 to 9 years. Meanwhile, Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) is facilitating 24 Independent Power Producers (IPPs) projects having cumulative capacity of 12,551 MW to be commissioned till 2028. Some 902 MW would be added to the system by December with completion of 102 MW Gulpur Hydropower project and two units of 1263 MW RLNG base project near Trimmu Barrage Jhang. Similarly, 463 MW would be added to the system during 2020 with commissioning of third unit of 1263 MW RLNG base project near Trimmu Barrage Jhanng, they said. They said four projects having total 2040 MW capacity would be start generation by 2021 and these were 330 MW each Thar Coal Based Power plants, 660 MW Thar coal power project at Port Qasim Karachi and 720 MW Karot Hydropower Project. In 2022, four power projects with accumulative capacity of 2160 MW would likely be completed which included 330 MW Thar Coal, first unit of 1320 MW Thar coal power project, 870 MW Suki Kinari hydropower project and 300 MW coal plant at Gwadar. Moreover, 1,980 MW and 2,124 MW would be added to the system during 2023 and 2024 respectively. The projects were included 700 MW Azad Pttan Hydropower, 1,124 MW Kohala Hydropower, 300 MW Ashkot Hydropower , 640 MW Mahl Hydropower, 450 MW Athmuqam Hydropower and 82 MW Turtonas=Uzghor hydropower projects. Similarly, seven projects with total capacity of 1,710 MW would be completed during 2028. The sources said that these projects were at different stages of implementation. It is pertinent to mention that PPIB was created in 1994 as a 'One-Window Facilitator" to promote private investment s in the power sector.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Oct 24, 2019
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