Pakistan awards feasibility study of 1,200-MW Kohala

Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority has awarded a contract for study and design of the 1,100- to 1,200-MW Kohala hydroelectric project on Pakistan’s Jhelum River.

Snowy Mountains Engineering Corp. (SMEC) of Australia is to prepare a feasibility study, detailed engineering design, and tender documents for the project, to be built in Azad-Jammu-Kashmir State. (HNN 10/13/06)

The two-year study is to include comprehensive analysis of the project’s requirements — engineering, power optimization, transmission, geotechnical, economic, financial, social, and environment. It is SMEC’s first major hydropower project work in Pakistan.

Kohala is to have a dam on the upper branch of the Jhelum, 40 kilometers from Muzaffarabad and a powerhouse on the lower branch of the Jhelum near Barasala.

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