969 MW Neelum-Jhelum power project inaugurated in Pakistani Kashmir

969 MW Neelum-Jhelum power project inaugurated in Pakistani Kashmir

Being dubbed as a ‘new wonder of Pakistan’, the power project comprises three components including a dam, waterway system involving 52 kilometers long tunnels and an underground power house.

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Friday inaugurated the much-awaited 969 megawatt Neelum-Jhelum hydropower project in Pakistan-administered Kashmir.

The project would generate 5.150 billion units of electricity annually and generate Rs 55 billion revenue which will increase in subsequent years, according to The News.

Completed at cost of around $5 billion, the power project comprises four units with generation capacity of 242.25 MW each.

As first unit has been inaugurated on the day, this will follow the opening of one unit a month to make the project fully operational by mid of current year.

Being dubbed as a ‘new wonder of Pakistan’, the power project comprises three components including a dam, waterway system involving 52 kilometers long tunnels and an underground power house.

The project will also help save huge money to the national kitty in foreign exchange on import of oil to the extent of hydel generation. It will reduce dependence on thermal power.

Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Company is the executing agency of the project on behalf of WAPDA and the government of Pakistan.

The project is a joint venture of five international and national firms as Neelum Jhelum Consultants including Montgomery Watson Harza (USA), Leading Firm, NORPLAN, Int (Norway), National Engineering Services (NESPAK), Pakistan, Associated Consulting Engineers (ACE), Pakistan and National Development Consultants (NDC), Pakistan.

The project was executed by Chinese consortium including China Gezhouba Group Company and China Machinery Engineering Company.

 

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