WAPDA head urges timely completion of Tarbela hydropower plant extension

The chairman of Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) ordered authorities to ensure the on-schedule completion of the 1,410-MW Tarbela 4 hydropower plant extension during a site visit this week.

The chairman, Zafar Mahmood, was briefed by the project’s directors and consultants before asking that the pace of construction be accelerated, guaranteeing a completion date by 2017.

Mahmood said Tarbela 4’s timely completion is essential not only to help ease the strain of Pakistan’s ever-increasing demands for power, but also to reduce consumer rates.

The project is part of the Pakistani government’s least-cost power generation strategy and is an addition to the existing 3,478-MW Tarbela plant, which is located on the Indus River.

The World Bank is reportedly providing US$840 million for the extension’s $928 million price tag.

HydroWorld.com reported this past November that WAPDA had awarded a contract to Australian engineering and development consultant SMEC for monitoring and evaluation services at the extension. Voith Hydro of Germany and Voith Hydro Shanghai were awarded a joint contract to supply electro-mechanical works for the expansion in February.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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