WAPDA awards $241 million contract for 1,530-MW Tarbela 5th Extension hydropower

WAPDA contract signing

Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has awarded a US$241.1 million contract for electro-mechanical works of the 1,530 MW-Tarbela 5th Extension Hydropower Project to a joint venture comprising Harbin Electric International Company and Harbin Electric Machinery Company (HEIC-HEMC).

The signing ceremony was held at WAPDA House, Lahore. The contract was signed by Tarbela 5th Extension Hydropower Project Director Muhammad Azam Joya and HEIC-HEMC Vice President Zhang Yu Long on behalf of their organizations. WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd), WAPDA Member Finance Naveed Asghar, Member Water Abdul Zahir Khan Durrani, Managing Director (Administration) Khalid Saleem, WAPDA Secretary Fakharuzzaman Ali Cheema, General Managers concerned and representatives of the consultants also attended the ceremony.

WAPDA awarded the contract for civil works at the project in May.

The Chairman said that Tarbela 5th Extension is yet another WAPDA project to meet energy needs of the country with low-cost and environment-friendly hydroelectricity, adding that WAPDA is committed to complete this vital project in accordance with the timelines.

Referring to WAPDA’s strategy for improving the water situation and increasing the share of hydroelectricity in the national grid, he said WAPDA is constructing 10 mega projects in water and hydropower sectors to meet rapidly increasing requirements in the country. These projects are scheduled to be completed from 2023 to 2028/2029. In addition to enhancing gross water storage capacity by 11.7 million acre feet (MAF), WAPDA projects will more than double the installed hydropower generation capacity, from 9,406 MW to 20,591 MW.

The Tarbela 5th Extension Hydropower Project is being constructed on Tunnel No. 5 of Tarbela Dam with an approved project cost of US$807 million. The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) of the World Bank is providing US$390 million, while the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is providing US$ 300 million. The powerhouse will contain three 510-MW turbine-generator units. The project, scheduled to start electricity generation by mid-2024, will provide 1.347 billion units of low-cost hydroelectricity to the National Grid on average every year.

With completion of the Tarbela 5th Extension Hydropower Project, installed capacity at Tarbela Dam will rise from 4,888 MW to 6,418 MW.

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Elizabeth Ingram is content director for the Hydro Review website and HYDROVISION International. She has more than 17 years of experience with the hydroelectric power industry. Follow her on Twitter @ElizabethIngra4 .

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