Monday, August 15, 2022

969 MW Neelum-Jhelum hydropower project closed due to fault

The 969-megawatt Neelum-Jhelum hydropower project, which was completed at a cost of about Rs.

Energy Minister Khurram Dastagir Khan confirmed in a press conference that unfortunately the Neelum-Jhelum project is offline, details of its suspension or fault have not come to light yet, a full investigation of all its channels is underway, which is in-depth. And long and some of them are at the foot of the great mountains.

After a delay of 21 years, construction of the project started in 2002 and was completed in April 2018 with cost overruns. Was contracted in December 2007.

Despite its capacity of 969 MW, the project often exceeds its production level and touches the level of 1,040 MW. Was supplying more than a billion units of electricity.

The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) also confirmed that the project “blocked the Tailres tunnel and consequently the power station was closed for safety reasons”.

WAPDA said in a statement issued in Urdu that “the reasons for the closure of the Tailres Tunnel are currently being investigated. Once the reasons are known, steps will be taken to end the closure of the Tailors.”

On the other hand, the Federal Minister said that the power supply situation has improved as the generation from Tarbela alone has increased by 2500 MW.

He said the Tarbela power station had risen from 1,125 MW to 3,684 MW in the last five days after improving river flow and importing coal from Afghanistan.

As a result, the 4,000-5,000 MW power shortfall was reduced by about 50%.

He also said that along with this, the demand for electricity has also come down due to the improvement in the weather. Load shedding will be further reduced during the Eid days as the 1,100 MW Unit 2 of the Karachi Nuclear Power Plant (K-2) Will be streaming in a day or two.

The minister confirmed that the Afghan government had increased the duty on coal exports from 90 90 to 200 200 per tonne, but that it was still cheaper than imports from elsewhere because the price of coal had risen from 90 90 a few months earlier. Taxes exceeded 400 400 per tonne.

“Another advantage is that Pakistan is paying for Afghan coal in rupees, so there is a saving of foreign exchange,” he said.

Khurram Dastgir said a government delegation of senior officials would visit Kabul to discuss ways to permanently smooth the coal supply.

He said Pakistan would request the interim Afghan government to ensure round-the-clock border operations, especially at night, to ensure uninterrupted supply of coal.

The minister declined to comment on some recent negative remarks by an Afghan minister, saying he would instead advocate that bilateral trade relations between neighbors are the best for the people of both sides and better relations then abroad. Have a positive effect on relationships.



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