Tarbela Dam Extension Project


Electricity generation capacity of Tarbela Hydel Power Station to rise from 3478MW to 4888MW

The contract for civil works of the 1410MW Tarbela 4th Extension Project is to be awarded in March 2013, as pre-qualification process of the construction firms is almost complete. Wapda Chairman Raghib Shah said this during his visit to the project. He added that gigantic Tarbela Dam had been instrumental in economic development and social uplift of the country since its completion in mid 1970s.

“Benefits of the project will significantly increase, as electricity generation capacity of Tarbela Hydel Power Station will rise to 4888MW from the existing 3478MW with implementation of its 4th extension, for which World Bank is providing $840 million.”

Dilating upon the pace of work, the chairman said that pre-qualification process of the firms for electro-mechanical works of the project will also be completed in the shortest possible time. He expressed satisfaction over the phenomenal response of the reputed firms from all over the world for Tarbela 4th Extension Project. This over whelming response reflects their confidence in Wapda and government for water and hydropower projects, he added.

The Tarbela 4th Extension Project is a part of least-cost power generation strategy of Wapda aimed at adding a sizeable quantum of electricity to the national grid to mitigate power shortages and improving the ratio of low-priced hydel electricity in the overall system to stabilise the power tariff. On completion, Tarbela 4th Extension Project will provide about 3.84 billion units of electricity to the national grid every year. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at more than Rs.30 billion. The project will pay back its cost in a short span of just three years.

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