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January 7, 2022

Balakot, Pakistan

By Carmen

Balakot is a 300MW hydro power project. It is planned on Kunhar river/basin in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The project is currently in permitting stage. It will be developed in single phase. Post completion of the construction, the project is expected to get commissioned in 2028.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 300 300 Permitting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization


The project is being developed and currently owned by Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization.

Balakot is a run-of-river project. The hydro reservoir capacity is planned to be 3.6 million cubic meter. The gross head of the project will be 240.1m. The total number of penstocks, pipes or long channels that carry water down from the hydroelectric reservoir to the turbines inside the actual power station, is expected to be 4 in number. The penstock length will be 20m. The penstock diameter will be 2.8m. The project is expected to generate 1,056 GWh of electricity. The project cost is expected to be around $755.3m.

The hydro power project consists of 3 units of francis turbines.

The project has 3 electric generators that will be installed at the project site.

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Development Status

Post completion of the construction, the project is expected to get commissioned in 2028.

Contractors Involved

China Gezhouba Group International Engineering and Ghulam Rasool are expected to render EPC services for the hydro power project.


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