With the start of power generation at Golen Gol Hydropower Project, Chitral district is set to receive stable supply of electricity around the clock.
A statement issued by the Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) said that trial run of one of the three units of the 108 megawatt plant started on Wednesday.
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is scheduled to formally inaugurate the 36 MW unit in the first week of February.
According to Wapda, the demand of electricity in Chitral district is around 20 MW – seven to eight megawatts in Chitral, four in upper Chitral, and another seven for Drosh region.
A special distribution, transmission, and dispatch system has been worked out by Wapda specifically for the project. This will allow it to first cater to the electricity needs of the district, and then divert the surplus power from the plant to the national grid, said the statement, adding that the annual generation capacity of the plant is estimated to be around 436 million units.
The second and the third unit of the plant will be commissioned in March and May 2018, respectively.
To mark the start of operations at the plant, Wapda chairman Lieutenant General (retd) Muzammil Hussain on Wednesday visited the project built on a tributary of River Mastuj. Speaking on the occasion, he said that Golan Gol was a low-cost and environment friendly project. He congratulated the project team for completion of work without any unexpected delays.
With the completion of Golan Gol project, the number of operational hydropower plants in the country has risen to 19. Eight more hydropower plants are under construction including Neelum Jhelum and two extensions at Tarbela power plant.