Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) has signed a contract worth Rs52.5 billion with the joint venture of GE Hydro China and Power China Zhongnan Engineering Corporation for electro-mechanical works of Dasu Hydropower Project.
The electrical & mechanical (E&M) contract includes design, supply and installation of six francis turbines, generators, main transformers, generator and station service switchgear along with related equipment.
Federal Secretary Water Resources Muhammad Ashraf and Wapda Chairman Lt Gen Muzzammil Hussain (Retd) and French Ambassador, Chinese and the US diplomats attended the event
According to Chairman Wapda, initially the project was to be completed in February 2023, but was delayed for three years; he expressed the hope that now it will be completed within the expected time.
French Ambassador Marc Barety while addressing the ceremony said that France has been contributing to Pakistan’s hydel power since long. He added that GE France is providing turbines for the project
The 4320 MW-Dasu hydropower project is being constructed by Wapda on River Indus upstream of Dasu Town in Kohistan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The project will be completed in two stages – each stage having a generation capacity of 2,160 MW. At present, stage-I of the project is underway, while electricity generation from the project is expected to commence in 2024-25. Stage-I will contribute more than 12 billion units per annum to the National Grid. The stage-II will add another 9 billion units to the system every year.