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Jabban hydel project to be completed in March

The construction work on the 22MW Jabban Hydropower Project has been expedited and the project is likely to be completed in March 2013, said Raghib Shah, Chairman Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), during his visit to the project site on Thursday.

According to a press release issued here on Friday, speaking on the occasion, Shah said that early completion of hydropower projects is vital to mitigate the electricity shortfall in the country. He said that WAPDA is implementing a two-prong strategy for optimum utilisation of the indigenous hydropower resources in view of the growing demand of electricity in the country.

As part of the strategy, WAPDA is constructing a number of large and medium-sized hydropower projects and rehabilitating and upgrading its aged hydel power stations. Jabban Hydropower Project is a component of the two-prong strategy, he further said.

Shah expressed satisfaction with the pace of work being done on the project and directed the project authorities to further speed up their efforts to complete the project as scheduled.

Jabban Hydropower Project is expected to contribute 122 million units of low-cost hydel electricity annually to the national grid. The French Development Agency, AFD, is providing 25 million euros to help complete this project.

Jabban Hydel Station was established in 1937 with a generation capacity of 9.6 MW. It was the biggest hydropower station in 1947. In 1952, its generation capacity was elevated to 19.6 MW with the addition of two turbines of 5MW each. During the early days of Pakistan when there weren’t any hydel stations Jabban Hydropower Station played a pivotal role.

After a significant contribution towards socio-economic uplift of the remote areas for approximately seven decades, the power station was damaged in a fire incident. Thereafter, WAPDA decided to undertake complete rehabilitation instead of repairing it. Under the rehabilitation work, four units of 5.5MW each are being installed to elevate its generation capacity to 22MW. Jabban project is being constructed in Malakand Division of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

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