WAPDA issues contract for second round of rehab at Pakistan’s 243-MW Warsak hydropower plant

Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority has awarded a contract worth about US$13.48 million to a joint venture led by Turkey’s Dolsar to perform rehabilitation work at the 243-MW Warsak hydroelectric plant.

The work is being performed as part of WAPDA’s second round of rehabilitation at Warsak in an effort to stem the effects of aging electrical and mechanical equipment.

The agency said the plant’s cumulative output capacity has already dipped to 193 MW, though modernizations performed through the second round of rehabilitation will restore that power and extend its life up to an additional 40 years.

Warsak was the first large-scale hydroelectric project constructed in Pakistan after the country gained its independence, with the first phase completed in 1961. A pair of generating units were added in 1981, increasing its cumulative capacity by 83 MW to its current output.

HydroWorld.com reported that WAPDA took bids in April 2015 for a tendering agent for Warsak rehabilitation. It also called for bids in March of that year to rehabilitate a turbine runner and wicket gates at Warsak. It took bids in 2014 to supply butterfly and gate valves for the project.

The first round of rehabilitation work at Warsak began in 1996 and took about a decade to complete.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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