Sinohydro suspends work at Pakistan’s 1,400-MW Tarbela 4 hydroelectric plant following worker deaths

Tarbela Hydropower Plant

Chinese construction firm Sinohydro has suspended work on an extension at Pakistan’s Tarbela 4 hydropower plant, following the death of six people over the weekend.

Local sources report that heavy rains caused a scaffolding to collapse Sunday morning, with victims including three Chinese engineers and one Pakistani engineer. Authorities have not provided details on the other two killed in the incident.

The scaffolding was located at the worksite of Tarbela 4, which is being developed by Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) on the Indus River.

Sinohydro has not officially said when construction of the 1,400 MW addition would resume, but workers were reportedly told they were on leave until at least July 12.

Tarbela 4 and the 1,300-MW Tarbela 5 are being built by WAPDA to further increase capacity of the 3,480-MW Tarbela plant.

HydroWorld.com reported in February 2014 that the World Bank is providing US$840 million for the expansion, with work projected at that time to take 42 months.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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