LAHORE- Wapda has successfully completed the 130 megawatt (MW) Duber Khwar Hydropower Project. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to inaugurate the project very soon, sources informed The Nation on Friday, saying the authority had made request through Water and Power for the purpose.

Official said that the hydropower projects, which were moving at snail’s pace, were expedited by the present government and that the hydropower projects with cumulative generation capacity of more than 380MW have been completed during the last nine months or so.

Duber Khwar is the last of the three high-head hydropower projects, constructed by Wapda. The other two include the 72 MW-Khan Khwar and the 121 MW-Allai Khwar, which had already been completed.  Duber Khwar Hydropower Project has been constructed on Duber Khwar, a tributary of Indus River in district Kohistan of KPK province. Main components of the project include 202-meter long and 40.5-meter high concrete dam, about 5-kilometer long concrete-lined tunnel, power house comprising two generating units of 65 MW each at design head of 540 meter and a switchyard.

Environment-friendly Duber Khwar Hydropower Project will generate 595 million units of low-cost hydel electricity per annum, resulting in saving millions of dollars on the corresponding generation of costly thermal electricity. Duber Khwar Hydropower Project is a part of least-cost energy generation strategy of Government of Pakistan, being executed by Wapda on priority basis, aims at harnessing the indigenous hydropower resources of the country to improve the ratio of hydel electricity in the national grid, which will help reduce electricity tariff and provide relief to the consumers.

Under the medium-term plan of five to seven years, various hydropower projects with cumulative power generation capacity of about 13000 MW will be completed. Another 15000 MW of hydel electricity will also be added to the national grid under a long-term plan of seven to 10 years.