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November 29, 2021

Neelum Jhelum, Pakistan

By Carmen

Neelum Jhelum is a 969MW hydro power project. It is located on Neelum river/basin in Azad Kashmir, Pakistan. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 2008 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2018.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 969 969 Active Azad Kashmir, Pakistan Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority


The project was developed by Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority and is currently owned by Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Company (Private).

Neelum Jhelum is a run-of-river project. The hydro reservoir capacity is 10 million cubic meter. The gross head of the project is 420m. 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, are 4 in number. The penstock length is 118m. The penstock diameter is 3.8m. The project generated 5,150 GWh of electricity. The project cost is $4,859.41m.

The hydro power project consists of 4 turbines, each with 242.25MW nameplate capacity.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 2008 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2018.

Power Purchase Agreement

The power generated from the project is sold to Central Power Purchasing Agency under a power purchase agreement.

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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