Pakistan to raise Warsak hydropower generation capacity

7 June 2012 (Last Updated June 7th, 2012 18:30)

The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority will construct a second underground power house which will add 375MW to the existing 250MW Warsak hydropower station.

The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority will construct a second underground power house which will add 375MW to the existing 250MW Warsak hydropower station.

A joint venture group comprising Canada's RSWI and Pakistan's DEC will collaborate with WAPDA to complete the project.

Team leader, Claudio Vissa, said at a meeting at WAPDA House that with the addition of the new underground powerhouse, the Warsak power station will contribute more than 1.6bn units of electricity to the national grid against the present contribution of around 900m units.

As part of the project, WAPDA is rehabilitating and upgrading the old hyro power stations to help inject low-cost hydel electricity to the national grid, in addition to constructing new hydropower projects, reports Pakistan Today.

Located on the River Kabul and 30km from Peshawar, the project was completed in two phases in 1981.

Four units with a total electricity generation capacity of 160MW were installed in 1960 in the first phase, while two more units of 83MW were added in 1981 as part of the second phase, raising the total capacity to around 250MW.