Work on the strategic 969 MW Neelum- Jhelum Hydropower Project in Pakistan-administered Kashmir is nearing completion, officials say.
100 per cent concrete work of the project had already been completed besides 98 per cent dry test of the equipment, Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower Project Chief Executive Officer Brig (R) Muhammad Zareen was quoted as saying by Associated Press of Pakistan.
Pakistan launched the Neelum-Jhelum power plant project a quarter of a century ago to “counter the legal, but competing Kishanganga project in Indian-administered Kashmir,” according to a report by news agency AFP.
Zareen said the project was fast heading towards completion and most of the works – critical in nature – had been successfully completed.
It has four generating units, each of them having a capacity of 242.25 MW. The first unit will start electricity generation in March this year, followed by the second third and fourth units at one month interval respectively.
The project will provide about five billion of low-cost and environment-friendly electricity to the national grid every year. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs 50 billion.