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Pakistan

Dasu project will trigger new era of socioeconomic development in country: Khursheed Shah

  • Minister for Water Resources directs WAPDA to complete the project within the stipulated time frame
Published June 13, 2022
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Federal Minister for Water Resources Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah said on Monday that the Dasu Hydro Power Project was vital for Pakistan’s energy needs, adding that the initiative would trigger a new era of socio-economic development in the country, APP reported.

He made the comments while visiting the Dasu dam site. During the visit, the minister was accompanied by Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Naveed Asghar Chaudhry, project management, representatives of the consultants, and contractors.

He said electricity generation from Dasu Hydropower Project would commence in 2026, stressing that the project would tremendously contribute to coping with the increasing requirements of the country by injecting sizeable cheap and green electricity into the national grid.

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He expressed satisfaction over the pace of progress of the project and directed WAPDA to complete the project within the stipulated time frame.

He also directed that the local people should be given priority in jobs on the project. "A meeting would soon be convened in Islamabad with all the stakeholders to review a self-managed resettlement package to address the grievances of the locals," he added.

Earlier, Khursheed Shah had a detailed round of the various components of the project including diversion tunnels and powerhouse complex, and reviewed the ongoing construction activities.

WAPDA General Manager and Project Director Anwar-ul-Haq apprised the minister that the 4320 MW- Dasu Hydropower Project was being completed in two stages.

He said at present, WAPDA was constructing stage-I with an installed generation capacity of 2160 MW and an annual energy generation of 12 billion low-cost and environment-friendly electricity.

The stage-II, when implemented, would also provide 9 billion units to the national grid, he added.

Upon completion of both stages, Dasu would be the project with the highest annual energy generation in Pakistan i.e. 21 billion units per annum on average.

The minister was further apprised that Rs17.34 billion was being spent on CBM schemes by WAPDA for economic and social development in the project area.

He was informed that about 3,300 jobs, including 1,808 for locals, had so far been created. The number would increase to 8,000 jobs during the peak construction period of the project, he maintained.

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samir sardana Jun 13, 2022 09:23pm
Where there is Hydro, there is also Floating Solar and Wind Moody downgrade of WAPDA, will have no impact, as Large hydro power is not sensitive ,to 2-300 BP of ROI In the case of Canal based Hydro,even a 5-600 BP will have no impact Hydro practical life can be 100 years - so ROI is irrelevant Loan is required for the Civil works, as the turbine makers will provide deferred credits,at US LIBOR or USPR or Euro bench Fx loans in Hydro,need not be swapped,because Marginal cost of Power is close to NIl,and PKR depreciation and Oil and Gas hikes and increase in O&M cost of Thermal IPP, will be several times the FX depreciation on the USD loans. Therefore,now it is a race to commission the Hydro power project.dindooohindoo 21 Billion units of PEAK LOAD POWER = OFFSET 21 BILLION UNITS OF PEAK LOAD GAS AND OIL POWER. NOW THE QUESTION IS,WHAT TO DO WITH THE CAPA CHARGES,OF THE THERMAL IPPs. As the water is released from the DAM - downstream water flows,can also have some SHP projects
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samir sardana Jun 13, 2022 09:24pm
Benefit of controlling water,on AGRI - and FARMERS NOT NEEDING DIESEL AND POWER ,TO PUMP WATER AND ALSO, IMPROVING THE WATER TABLE - WILL WIPE OUT THE ENTIRE PROJECT COST, IN 3-4 YEARS ,OF ECONOMIC GAINS Holding water in reservoirs in intense heat ,will also increase evaporation and precipitation - and aid in rains in nearby areas,depending on wind patterns. Only China can develop the Hydro Grid of Pakistan and bring water to Balochistan - to make Pakistan an Agri and Industrial superpower THE HYDRO OBJECTIVE IN PAKISTAN = KEEP WATER IN PAKISTAN,SLOW DOWN THE FLOW INTO THE SEA,AND CIRCULATE THE WATER IN PAKISTAN FOR THE "LONGEST TIME" - TO MAX POWER,MAX RAINFALL,IMPROVE WATER TABLE,OBVIATE DIESEL AND POWER PUMPS FOR WATER, GEOMETRIC INCREASE IN ARABLE LAND AND MAXIMISE CROP YIELDS
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