November 13, 2017: The good news on long-awaited Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project is that it will be commissioned in February 2018 with its first unit going into operation, while the second unit of the project will come on line by end April 2018 and the third unit by end May 2018.
Lahore- November 8, 2017: The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) today visited Mangla Watershed Management Project to review progress on various measures being taken under the project.
Water Resources Minister briefed on water, hydropower projects.
WAPDA to add 2487 MW to National Grid from early to mid 2018
Construction on Diamer Basha and Mohmand dams to commence in 2018
Lahore - November 1, 2017: Water Resources Federal Minister Syed Javed Ali Shah today visited WAPDA House to have a briefing about WAPDA projects in water and hydropower sectors.
Welcoming the Federal Minister, WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) said that WAPDA is fully focused on optimal utilization of water and hydropower resources to meet the increasing requirements of water and electricity in the country.
By implementing a multi-pronged strategy for about last one year, WAPDA has been able to turn-around the situation. Delays in the way to completion of the projects have been overcome and now these projects are fast heading towards completion. The long-delayed Kachhi Canal Project (Phase-I) has been completed in August 2017 to irrigate 72,000 acres of barren land in Dera Bugti district of Balochistan. WAPDA will add 2487 MW low-cost hydel electricity to the National Grid from early to mid 2018 with completion of three hydropower projects in a phased manner namely Neelum Jhelum, Tarbela 4th Extension and Golen Gol. Delayed for decades construction work on two mega multi-purpose projects i.e. Diamer Basha Dam and Mohmand Dam will commence in 2018. On completion, both projects will provide gross water storage capacity of more than 9 million acre feet (MAF) in addition to generating 5300 MW electricity.
The Federal Minister appreciated WAPDA for its efforts to complete the long-delayed water and hydropower projects besides initiating construction work on a number of new projects. He expressed the hope that WAPDA projects will be completed in accordance with the timelines to cope with water and electricity needs.
Later in a briefing, the Federal Minister was informed that WAPDA is implementing seven projects in water and hydropower sectors with cumulative generation capacity of 9294 MW and gross water storage of more than 8 MAF. As many as eight projects with power generation capacity of 16296 MW are ready for construction, while about a dozen projects are at the stage of feasibility study and detailed engineering design.
October 30, 2017: Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd), along with Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project (NJHP) Chief Executive Officer, had a meeting with Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan to review the long awaited commissioning of Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project.
Lahore - October 23, 2017: A one-day workshop was held today at WAPDA House on Hydrological Data Collection, Processing and Management System. The workshop was attended by the delegates from Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), Australia and WAPDA’s senior officers concerned.
Lahore – October 20, 2017: The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) has said that water and energy securities are the key components of national security. For this, we need to make a list of critical development plans in both water and energy sectors and there has to be a strategy that puts words in actions.