Pakistan’s 147-MW Patrind hydroelectric plant grid-connected, generating power

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The first generating unit at Pakistan’s 147-MW Patrind hydroelectric plant is now generating power and connected to the national grid, according to a statement from the National Transmission and Despatch Company Ltd.

Patrind is located on the Kunhar River and is being developed by a consortium called Star Hydro Power Ltd, which includes the Korea Water Resources Corp. and the Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co.

The project is connected to the Muzaffarabad-II grid station via a 132-kV double-circuit transmission line in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, with power to benefit people near there and Hazara. A separate 220-kV line will eventually be built to connect Patrind to the Mansehra grid station.

NTDC said the connected turbine will be “increased to its optimal level” pending the completion of testing. most recently reported on Patrind in 2013, when the project was awarded clean development mechanism status under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Patrind is one of several NTDC hydroelectric plants in the region that are nearing full completion, the utility said. Also in the works are the 900-MW Neelum Jhelum and 1,410-MW Tarbela 4th Extension.

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