The critical diversion system which forms a key part of development of the 4320MW Dasu hydropower project in Pakistan is to be completed in May this year, with power generation expected at the project by the end of 2026, the Water and Power Development (WAPDA) has said.
The dates were confirmed during a visit to the project site by WAPDA chairman Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani (Retd).
Dasu Hydropower Project is planned to be completed in two stages. At present, WAPDA is constructing stage-I with installed generation capacity of 2160MW and annual energy generation of 12 billion units of low-cost and environment-friendly electricity. Stage-II, once implemented, will also provide 9 billion units to the National Grid.
On completion of both stages, Dasu will produce 21 billion units on average. WAPDA is spending Rs. 17.34 billion on schemes relating to resettlement, environmental management and social development in the project area. About 3722 jobs, including 1945 for locals, have so far been created, which will increase to around 8000 during peak construction of the project.
The project is being by WAPDA on River Indus upstream of Dasu town in the Upper Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.