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80 Percent of 969 MW-Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Done

by Sohaib Rizvi

Project likely to complete in October 2016.

The civil work of underground powerhouse and transformers hall of the 969-megawatt Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project is expected to be completed in October this year, as progress of civil work on these two components stands at 95.5 percent and 99 percent respectively.

This was briefed to the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Zafar Mahmood during his weekly visit to the project site on Tuesday. Overall progress on the project stands at 80 percent.

During the on-site briefing, the WAPDA Chairman was also apprised that subsequent to the completion of civil works of Unit No. 3 and 4 of the powerhouse, both units had already been handed over to the electro-mechanical contractor. It was further told that civil works of the switchyard were substantially completed, while electrical and mechanical works would also be completed by October 2016.

It was further informed that October 2016 was going to be an important month as tunnel boring machine, deployed on the left tunnel would breakthrough during the said month after completing the excavation work on the left tunnel.

WAPDA Chairman expressed satisfaction over the progress achieved so far on the project.

Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Company is constructing a world class underground power generation facility. The project envisages 90 percent construction work under high mountainous overburden and only 10 percent above the surface. The project, on its completion, will contribute 5.15 billion units of low-cost and environment friendly electricity to the national grid.

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