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Project update: 4,320-MW Dasu hydropower on schedule to begin generation in 2024

Construction work on the 4,320-MW Dasu Hydropower Project is gaining momentum, Pakistan Water & Power Development Authority (WAPDA) reports, with electricity generation scheduled to begin in the second half 2024.

All six units of Stage-I of this project, with cumulative generation capacity of 2,160 MW, will be completed by early 2025, according to WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd). He visited the project Feb. 17, along with the general manager of land acquisition and resettlement, the general manager and project director for Dasu, and representatives of the consultants and contractors. 

The Dasu Hydropower Project is being constructed on the Indus River upstream of the town of Dasu. WAPDA is implementing the project in two stages – each stage having a capacity of 2,160 MW. Stage-I of the project will contribute more than 12 billion units of electricity per annum to the National Grid. Stage-II will provide another 9 billion units to the system every year. 

During the visit, construction activities were ongoing at the main access tunnel leading to the powerhouse, the two diversion tunnels, project offices and colony. 

Besides the main civil works for Stage-I, the construction work on seven different contracts relating to infrastructure development in the area is also under way. These include construction of right bank access roads, relocation of Karakoram Highway, construction of 132-kV transmission line and grid station to provide electricity from Duber Khwar Hydel Power Station to the site for implementing the project and adjacent areas, project colony and resettlement works. 

In addition, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government and the district administration have assured the process of land acquisition will be completed by June this year.

WAPDA says Dasu is a vital hydropower project not only for the country but also for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The project will stabilize the economy of Pakistan by generating low-cost hydroelectricity and usher in a new era of socio-economic development in the province.

The Dasu Hydropower Project is being constructed on Indus River upstream of the town of Dasu. WAPDA is implementing the project in two stages – each stage having a generation capacity of 2,160 MW. Stage-I of the project will contribute more than 12 billion units of electricity per annum to the National Grid. Stage-II will provide another 9 billion units to the system every year.