A major milestone has been reached at the 4320MW Dasu hydropower project currently under construction in Pakistan, with river diversion successfully completed.

The River Indus is now flowing through a 1.33km long, 20m wide and 23m high diversion tunnel, allowing construction to begin on a starter dam at the project, which will lead to construction of the main dam.

Dasu Hydropower Project is a vital component of the least-cost, green and clean energy generation plan of WAPDA. The project is being constructed across River Indus, upstream of Dasu town in Upper Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The project is planned to be completed in two stages. WAPDA is currently constructing stage-I with installed generation capacity of 2160MW and annual energy generation of 12 billion units. Stage-I of the project is likely to start electricity generation in 2026.

The 2160MW stage-II, when implemented, will also provide 9 billion units to the National Grid. On completion of the both stages, Dasu will become the project with highest annual energy generation in Pakistan.