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November 26, 2021

Lower Palas Valley, Pakistan

By Carmen

Lower Palas Valley is a 665MW hydro power project. It is planned on Indus 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 2024.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 665 665 Permitting Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan Daewoo Engineering & Construction; Korea Water Resources; Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority; Sarhad Hydel Development Organization


The project is being developed by Daewoo Engineering & Construction, Korea Water Resources, Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority and Sarhad Hydel Development Organization. The project is currently owned by Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization with a stake of 25%, Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority with a stake of 1%, Daewoo Engineering & Construction and Korea Water Resources.

Lower Palas Valley is a run-of-river project. The gross head of the project will be 805m. The project is expected to generate 2,590 GWh of electricity. The project cost is expected to be around $1,104.515m.

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

Development Status

Post completion of the construction, the project is expected to get commissioned in 2024.

About Daewoo Engineering & Construction

Daewoo Engineering & Construction Co Ltd (Daewoo E&C) is a provider of civil engineering and building work services. It provides a range of engineering, architecture and construction services to diverse markets. The company carries out construction projects for roads, bridges, railroads, power plants, petrochemical plants, residential, commercial, office and factory buildings. It also develops and sells real estate properties such as apartments; townhouses and villas; studio apartments and urban lifestyle homes; and commercial complexes. The company also manages hotels and other entertainment facilities; and carries out steel structure construction. It has operations in Nigeria, Algeria, Libya, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Iraq, Oman, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, and Vietnam. Daewoo E&C is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.

About Korea Water Resources

Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water), deals with the development and management of water resources. It constructs, operates, and manages metropolitan waterworks, which includes multi-regional and industrial waterworks; basins, rivers, and reservoirs; water treatment plants; industrial complexes and special-purpose zones; local-waterworks and sewage treatment; and renewable energy facilities. The company is also engaged in integrated water resource management, waterfront development, clean energy projects, overseas investment projects, membrane filtration for water supply, seawater distillation, and high quality tap water services. K-water is headquartered in Daejeon, South Korea.

About Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority

Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), is a government-owned public authority responsible for maintaining power and water in Pakistan. It is responsible for the development of hydel power and water sector projects in Pakistan. The authority plans and executes projects and schemes for the generation, transmission and distribution of power; water supply and drainage; flood management; irrigation, inland navigation; and prevention of water logging and reclamation of waterlogged and saline lands. WAPDA is headquartered in Lahore, Pakistan.


All power projects included in this report are drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center. The information regarding the project parameters is sourced through secondary information sources such as electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, developers, project proponent’s – news, deals and financial reporting, regulatory body, associations, government planning reports and publications. Wherever needed the information is further validated through primary from various stakeholders across the power value chain and professionals from leading players within the power sector.

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