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2nd rehab project of Warsak to ensure 243MW capacity.

LAHORE -- The Second Rehabilitation Project of the 55-year old Warsak Hydroelectric Power Station will help regain its reduced generation capacity from 193 megawatt (MW) to 243 MW.

This was disclosed in a meeting held here at WAPDA House on Wednesday to review progress on the Second Rehabilitation Project of Warsak Hydroelectric Power Station. Presided over by WAPDA Chairman

Zafar Mahmood, the meeting was attended by WAPDA Member (Power), Member (Water), Member (Finance), Hydel Development General Manager and the project authorities.

The meeting was briefed that the Second Rehabilitation Project aims at overcoming the aging problems and regaining the lost generation capacity of 50 MW with reliable annual energy generation of 1.144 billion units.

The rehabilitation project will be completed in seven years with an estimated cost of Rs 22.254 billion. KfW of Germany and AFD of France are providing 40 million Euro each, while 50 million Euros are being provided

y European Investment Bank (EIB) for the project. Feasibility studies, detailed engineering design and tender documents have already been completed, while the process to award the construction contract is being initiated, the meeting was briefed further.

The second Rehabilitation Project of Warsak Hydroelectric Power Station is a component of the two-pronged strategy being implemented by WAPDA for optimal utilisation of the water resource. Besides constructing new hydropower projects, rehabilitation and up-gradation of the old hydel

power stations are also being carried out under the strategy to help inject low-cost hydel electricity to national grid.

It is to mention that Warsak Hydel Power Station is located on River Kabul at about 30 kilometres in North-West of Peshawar. The project, financed by the Canadian Government, was completed under Colombo Plan in two phases.

The first phase completed in 1960 consisted of construction of dam, irrigation tunnels, installation of four power generating units with cumulative capacity of 160 MW (each of 40 MW) and 132 KV transmission system. Two additional generating units each of 41.48 MW capacity were

added during 1980-81 in the second phase. The total installed capacity of the power station thus became nearly 243 MW.

After completing about 55 years, the generating units of the power house have deteriorated despite extensive repair and maintenance due to heavy sediments in the water of River Kabul. The First Rehabilitation Project was executed during 1996-2006 to stable civil structures and regain the lost generation capacity.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Oct 22, 2015
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