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Work on Tarbela-4 project to be kickstarted early next year

Secretary Ministry of Water and Power Nargis Sethi, along with senior officials, visited the Tarbela dam and other power generation units to assess the hydel generation situation and take note of the 1,400 MW Tarbela-4 project’s preparation work.

The secretary directed all the concerned officials at the Ministry, Water and Power Development Authority and project management of Tarbela-4 to take extra measures and utilise their energies to start work on the project by early next year.

“After the successful operation of energy conservation drive and power distribution management phases, time has come when medium and long-term measures are being taken to increase affordable hydel generation capacity of the country,” said Sethi, while talking to officials at the project site.

She emphasised that the authorities concerned with hydel generation should conduct a survey of other hydel projects and identify additional power generation prospects. “This would add additional megawatts to the national grid at an affordable cost,” she said.

She also directed the general manager of Tarbela to complete all type maintenance of the generation units during the low water season to increase their generation efficiency for the coming months. She also urged them to focus on using modern techniques for regulating water releases to produce maximum power with less wastage.

During the visit, Sethi was apprised about the current water flow, storage and power generation situation. She was told that the generation capacity has been maintained at a reasonable level to provide power to the national grid.

In view of the startup work on the Tarbela-4 project, it was said that it would commence by early next year as all formalities for its financing are in the final stage. It is being financed by the World Bank and it would be built by employing state-of-the-art excavators and high -tech machinery. There would be no additional displacement due to the project as it would be built at a site that has been redund­ant for more than two decades. Furthermore, it would also offer a large number of employment opportunities to the people of surrounding areas.

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