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Country possesses hydropower generation potential of 60,000MW: WAPDA

Pakistan possesses an identified hydropower potential of 60,000 MW, said WAPDA Member (Water) Hasnain Afzal, adding that every effort was being made to harness this potential. He was briefing optimum development of water and hydropower resources in the country to a team of PAF Air War College, Karachi during their visit to WAPDA House, here on Tuesday.

The team led by Air Commodore Shahid Latif Bajwa, comprised officers from Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan Navy and Pakistan Army including 16 allied officers from different friendly countries. Member (Power) Rizwan Ahmad, NTDC Managing Director Zia-ur-Rehman and senior officers of WAPDA were also present on the occasion.

Responding to questions of participants, the Member (Water) further said that 4500-MW Diamer Basha Dam Project, and 4320-MW Dasu Hydropower Project and 7100-MW Bunji Hydropower Project were ready for construction. He apprised the team that the contract of 1410-MW Tarbela Fourth Extension Hydropower Project was already awarded in addition to accelerating pace of work on the under-construction projects including Neelum Jhelum and Golen Gol. Hydel energy being the cheapest source will provide substantial relief in tariff to the consumer which is currently high due to lesser share of hydel electricity in the overall generation, he added.

The team was also briefed about power sector reforms, existing power generation capabilities, generation mix, consumption patterns, line losses, and factors behind increase in electricity tariff. The team was also apprised of the government's efforts to overcome the electricity crisis.

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