Construction of Pakistan’s Karora hydropower project seems to be drawing near completion with an application for a generating license by its developer, Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization.
Assuming the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority approves the filing, the run-of-river plant will add 11.8 MW to Pakistan’s grid via an interconnection near Besham Qilla when enters commercial service next year.
PEDO completed feasibility studies for Karora (also called “Shangla”) in 2011, then began construction in 2014. The government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is paying for the project in its entirety via its hydroelectric development and other programs.
The plant is located on the Khan Khwar River, which is a tributary to the Indus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Shangla District. The powerhouse includes a pair of identical Francis-type turbines, with water taken from a diversion weir located about 5 km upstream.
Karora is one of five being planned by the provincial government under the same initiative. Also in development are the 41-MW Koto, 10-MW Jabori, 84-MW Matalitan and 69-MW Lawi.
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