The 4320MW Dasu hydropower project in Pakistan is on track to start generating electricity in 2024, Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) has confirmed.
Construction work on the project is gaining momentum, with land issues needed to progress the project having been resolved due to support by the Federal and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa governments, the Chairman said.
The project is expected to start electricity generation in the second half of 2024, while all six units of the Stage-I, with cumulative generation capacity of 2160MW, will be completed by early 2025.
Dasu Hydropower Project is being constructed on the River Indus upstream of Dasu town. WAPDA is implementing the project in two stages – each stage having a generation capacity of 2160MW. On completion, Stage-I of the project will contribute more than 12 billion units of electricity per annum to the National Grid. The Stage-II, after its completion, will also provide another 9 billion units to the system every year.
Besides the main civil works of Stage-I, construction work on seven different contracts relating to infrastructure development in the area is also underway. These include construction of right bank access roads, relocation of Karakoram Highway, construction of 132 KV transmission line and grid station to provide electricity from Duber Khwar Hydel Power Station to the site for implementing the project and adjacent areas, project colony and resettlement works.