September 29, 2017: The 969 MW-Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project is fast heading towards completion, as dry testing of electro-mechanical equipments installed at the power house and the switch yard is in progress.
This was stated by Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) during his visit to the Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project near Muzaffarabad in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project Chief Executive Officer Brig Muhammad Zareen (Retd), senior officers of the project and representatives of the consultants and the contractors were also present at the site.
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairman said that it is a matter of satisfaction that all critical activities on the project are being completed in accordance with the timelines, for which display of extra ordinary commitment and professional excellence by the project management, the contractors and the consultants is commendable. He said that WAPDA is looking towards the power generation from the fist unit of Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project in February 2018.
During the visit, the Chairman was briefed that overall progress on the project stands at 95.4 percent. The dam (weir) of the project has been substantially completed, while reservoir impounding will commence in first week of the coming month. The water way system for diverting water from the reservoir to the power house will be completed by end December 2017, whereas wet commissioning of the generating unit will start in February 2018.
Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project is being constructed on river Neelum in AJ&K. The project is an engineering marvel with 90 percent of the project being underground in the high mountain areas. The project consists of four units with installed capacity of 242.25 MW each. The first unit of the project is scheduled to go into operation by end February 2018 followed by the second unit in mid March and third and fourth units in April 2018. On its completion, the project will contribute about five billion units of electricity to the national grid annually. Annual revenue of the project is estimated to be Rs 50 billion.