Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project: Another milestone achieved; Left headrace tunnel connected under River Jhelum Project to be completed in 2017: Chairman WAPDA Zafar Mahmood

Lahore – February 18, 2016 : In yet another significant development towards completion of the 969 MW-Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project (NJHP), the left headrace tunnel has also been successfully connected with amazing engineering precision under River Jhelum. Right headrace tunnel of the project had already been connected in river cross section in first week of January 2016.

With a view to celebrating this achievement, NJHP authorities arranged a ceremony in the left headrace tunnel at the connectivity site. WAPDA Chairman Zafar Mahmood performed connectivity of the two sections of the left headrace tunnel. WAPDA Member (Finance) Anwar-ul-Haq, NJHP Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Lieutenant General (R) Muhammad Zubair and representatives of the project contractor and the consultants were also present in the ceremony.

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Lahore – February 18, 2016:  WAPDA Chairman Zafar Mahmood performing connectivity of left headrace tunnel of Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project at the project site.  (WAPDA Photo)

Speaking on the occasion, WAPDA Chairman appreciated the commitment and professional expertise of the project authorities, the contractor and the consultants for achieving this milestone. Expressing satisfaction over the pace of construction work, he said that WAPDA is confident to complete first generating unit of the project in mid 2017 and rest of the three units in phased manner by December 2017.

In a briefing to the media at project site, the Chairman said that Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project is 78 percent complete. Member (Finance) also assured the media persons about the financial arrangements for the project and said that the issues relating to availability of funds for completion of the project have almost been resolved. He said that about Rs. 250 billion have so far been spent on the project. NJHP CEO apprised the media of the progress on various components of the project. He said that the redesigned composite dam and the spillway are 74 percent and 100 percent complete respectively. About 60.5 out of 68 kilometers long tunnels (88 percent) have so far been excavated. The power house and the switchyard are expected to be completed in November this year, he added.

It is pertinent to mention that run-of-the-river Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project is being constructed in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The project, on its completion, will contribute 5.15 billion units of low-cost and environment friendly electricity to the national grid.