The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has announced it will add as much as 10,000MW of hydroelectricity to the installed power generation capacity of the country by 2030 through the phased completion of its under-construction projects.
As a result, WAPDA’s hydro generation will double to about 20,000MW from 9500MW, with gross water storage capacity in Pakistan also enhanced by another 12 MAF.
WAPDA Chairman, Engineer Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani (Retd), made the announcement while addressing the 1st Conference of General Managers and Project Directors. The two-day conference was held at WAPDA House to review progress on hydropower projects currently under construction, and discuss the effective implementation of these projects, which included the Diamer Basha Dam, Dasu Hydropower Project, Mohmand Dam, Tarbela 5th Extension, K-IV, Nai Gaj Dam, Kurram Tangi Dam, and Kachhi Canal etc.
Addressing the conference, the Chairman said that WAPDA is one of the only organisation in the world simultaneously constructing large numbers of water and hydropower projects. He said that this is a mammoth task, which has brought challenges with regards to construction schedules. He urged the General Managers and Projects Directors to work towards completing projects on time.