Neelum-Jhelum power project : First unit to be commissioned in June 2017
LAHORE: Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Zafar Mahmood has said that the first unit of the 969MW Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project will be commissioned in June 2017, while the other three units will also come on line one-by-one till December 2017.
He visited the project site along with Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project Chief Executive Officer Lt Gen (r) Muhammad Zubair, Project Director Nayyar Alauddin while representatives of the consultants and contractors were also present on the occasion.
While expressing satisfaction over the pace of construction work, the chairman observed that the progress on most of the components is ahead of the revised schedule.
Appreciating the project authorities, consultants and contractors for their efforts to expedite construction work, he directed them to work with the same level of commitment to complete the strategically important project during 2017.
The chairman visited the dam site at Nauseri, river crossing at Majohi and powerhouse at Chattar Klas to witness the ongoing construction activities. He also attended the breakthrough ceremony of the right tunnel in river cross section.
It is pertinent to mention that the two sections of the right tunnel – one excavated from dam site and the other from powerhouse – were connected with amazing precision on January 9 against the target of January 15.
Performing the connectivity of the two sections, he said that Neelum-Jhelum project is a monument of the Pakistan-China friendship towards development of hydropower in Pakistan.
During the visit, the chairman was briefed that overall progress on the project stands at 76%. Out of 68 kilometres long tunnels, 59 kilometres have so far been excavated, while the dam is 74% complete. The powerhouse and the switchyard of the project are scheduled to be completed in November this year. On its completion, Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project will contribute 5.15 billion units of electricity every year to the national grid.