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Wapda to start construction of Keyal Khwar hydropower project in April

The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) is to start construction of the 122 MW-Keyal Khwar hydropower project in April this year, said a Wapda spokesperson.

“Following the fulfillment of all prerequisites, including detailed engineering design, the prequalification of firms for civil and electro-mechanical works of the project is under process and is likely to be completed very soon,” he said.

Along with the Keyal Khwar project, Wapda is to start 14 projects in water and hydropower sectors, most of which are at an advanced stage of their completion.

The Keyal Khwar hydropower project is located on Keyal Khwar, a right tributary of Indus river in Dasu district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The estimated cost of the project is 180 million euros. German financial institution KfW is providing 97 million euros for the implementation of the project.

The consultants for Keyal Khwar hydropower project have already been appointed, while work on eight contracts for construction of offices, residential colonies, hostels, roads and other infrastructure in the project area has also been started.

Upon completion the Keyal Khwar hydropower project will contribute 426 million units of low-cost electricity to the national grid.

The project’s annual benefits have been estimated at Rs3.5 billion.

The spokesperson added that Wapda was implementing a least-cost energy generation and water storage plan to cope with the increasing needs of electricity and water in the country. Under the plan, as many as 26 projects of more than 21,000 MW power generation and 13 million acre feet water storage capacity are in various phases of their implementation.

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