LAHORE: The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) on Friday announced the 969-megawatt Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project (NJHP) has achieved yet another landmark towards its completion.
“Water filling [procedure] or pressurisation of the hydroelectric project’s waterway system that has around 51.5-kilometer-long tunnels has successfully launched,” a spokesman for WAPDA said in a statement.
The spokesman added that being a critical activity the pressurisation procedure was being carried out in a phased manner.
“Initially, it has been started towards the tail end,” the WAPDA representative added.
Muhammad Zareen, chief executive officer NJHP, said that the project was fast heading towards completion and most of the works – critical in nature – had been successfully completed. “Construction of the weir (dam) of the project, waterway system, installation of electrical and mechanical equipments including turbines, generators and transformers in the power house and the switchyard and dry-testing of these equipments have already been completed,” Zareen added.
He said while impounding of water in the reservoir was underway, the overall progress on the project stood at about 97 percent. Meanwhile, Muzammil Hussain, chairman WAPDA, in a statement, congratulated the NJHP authorities, the consultants and the contractors for achieving the milestone.
“WAPDA is committed to completing NJHP as early as possible,” Hussain reiterated. WAPDA was executing the project on priority because it is a component of least-cost energygeneration plan.
The project is located in Azad Jammu & Kashmir with installed capacity of 969 megawatts. It has four generating units, each of them having a capacity of 242.25 megawatts.
After coming fully online, the project will provide low-cost and environment-friendly electricity to the national grid every year.