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Print Print 2023-02-20

Dasu hydropower project: Course of Indus River diverted

  • Dasu will become the project with highest annual energy generation in Pakistan i.e., 21 billion units per annum on average
Published February 20, 2023

LAHORE: The under-construction Dasu Hydropower Project crossed a major milestone the other day, as the mighty River Indus was successfully diverted following completion of one of the two diversion tunnels. Instead of its natural course, River Indus is now flowing through a 1.33-Kilometer (Km) long diversion tunnel with 20-meter (m) width and 23-m height.

Consequently, construction activities have been initiated on the starter dam, leading towards construction of the main dam of Dasu Hydropower Project.

General Manager and Project Director Dasu Hydropower Project, representatives of the Contractors and the Consultants along with a number of engineers and workers witnessed the historic moment of River Indus diversion.

Meanwhile, Chairman WAPDA Engr Lt Gen Sajjad Ghani (Retd) congratulated the project management on achieving this landmark on the project.

Power generation from Dasu project to commence by end of 2026, Wapda chief told

Diversion system of Dasu Hydropower Project is comprised of two tunnels - tunnel A and tunnel B. Of these, tunnel B is complete, which has the discharge capacity, sufficient to divert water of River Indus during the current lean-flows season. The 1.5-Km long tunnel A, with 20-m width and 23-m height, will also be ready by mid April this year to cater for the increased water flows during the high-flows season.

Dasu Hydropower Project is a vital component of the least-cost, green and clean energy generation plan of WAPDA. The project is being constructed across River Indus, upstream of Dasu town in Upper Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The 4320 MW-Dasu Hydropower Project is planned to be completed in two stages.

At present, WAPDA is constructing its stage-I with installed generation capacity of 2160 MW and annual energy generation of 12 billion units. Stage-I of the project is likely to start electricity generation in2026. The 2160 MW stage-II, when implemented, will also provide 9 billion units to the National Grid. On completion of the both stages, Dasu will become the project with highest annual energy generation in Pakistan i.e., 21 billion units per annum on the average.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023

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Dr.Salaria, Aamir Ahmed Feb 20, 2023 10:05am
This will end up causing flooding and severe ecological damage. A very poorly designed project
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Sarmad Ali Feb 20, 2023 12:40pm
Pakistan doesn't qualify for any positive change through socio economic change/upheaval. Any such mayhem will make things even worse for the society, economy, and socio political system of the country (whatever is left).
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Congratulations. Pakistan zinda abad. Feb 20, 2023 05:27pm
Congratulations.
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MOHAMMAD NAEEM Feb 20, 2023 05:56pm
MAY ALLAH HELP US AND GIVE US HIDAYATH TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT ON TIME. AAMEEN....
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MOHAMMAD NAEEM Feb 20, 2023 05:58pm
WE ALL ARE PRAYING THAT MAY ALLAH HELP US TO COMPLETE THIS PROJECT ON TIME..
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Ardl Feb 21, 2023 12:04am
@Dr.Salaria, Aamir Ahmed, Dasu Plant and Indus are in Karakorum Mountain Valley. Flood occurs in plains when Indus leaves mountains behind at Khushalgarh and Kalabagh and enters plain of Punjab.
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Ardl Feb 21, 2023 12:10am
@Sarmad Ali, Dasu Plant is a ground reality and a positive one. Only uproar this plant will cause will be lion's howling of turbine discharged spilled water cascades.
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Imran Ali Feb 21, 2023 08:03am
Congratulations to the whole project team.
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Abdullah Feb 21, 2023 10:07am
@Dr.Salaria, Aamir Ahmed, since you are not allowed to spread negativity on dawn news now you are here spreading negativity.
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