May 4, 2016: China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC) Vice President Chen Xiaohua, who is currently on visit to Pakistan, today called on the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Zafar Mahmood.
It may be mentioned that CGGC is the contractor for the 969 MW-Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project (NJHP). During the meeting, progress on the project was reviewed. NJHP Chief Executive Officer Engineer Muhammad Zubair was also present on the occasion.
Underlining the significance of NJHP for overcoming power shortages in the country through least-cost hydel generation, WAPDA Chairman emphasized upon completion of the project in accordance with the revised schedule, which requires concerted efforts on part of the contractor and the project authorities. He said that construction work on the project is progressing at a good pace on all three sites of the project. Expressing satisfaction over the progress achieved so far on the project, he said that CGGC is a reputed construction firm, adding that he is confident that the firm will fully utilize its expertise and resources for on-time completion of the project.
CGGC Vice President thanked WAPDA Chairman for his keen interest in resolving the matters relating to construction of the project. He assured WAPDA Chairman that CGGC will complete the project as per the revised schedule.
It is pertinent to mention that first generating unit of the project is expected to be completed in July 2017, whereas the remaining three units will come on line by the end of 2017 in various phases. Overall progress on the project stands at 80 percent. The progress on all three sites namely C1, C2 and C3 is 78 percent, 80 percent, and 83 percent respectively. Out of total 68.6 kilometers, 62 kilometers long tunnels have so far been excavated.