LAHORE- Wapda Chairman Zafar Mahmood on Tuesday visited the site of an under-construction 1410 MW-Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project to review progress of work there.

A statement issued here said the chairman had a detailed visit of the project area and witnessed construction activities at various sites including powerhouse and switchyard.

He also went to the site where an accident took place during construction work on July 2, 2016 at night.

He condoled with the Chinese workers over the death of their two compatriots, who died in the accident. He also inquired after the injured Chinese workers.

Zafar urged the project authorities to revisit the safety plan to avoid recurrence of such untoward incidents in future. 

Tarbela Dam Project General Manager Iqbal Masood Siddiqui, Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project Director Sohail Khan, representatives of the project consultants and contractors of civil as well as electro-mechanical works were also present on the occasion. During the briefing, the project managers apprised the chairman about progress on the project. He was also informed about constraints in the way of implementing the project.

Tarbela Dam Project General Manager told the chairman that the crucial construction work on the intake structure of the tunnel 4, located in the reservoir area, which had to be suspended on June 20, 2016 owing to early increase in the reservoir level to 1483 feet caused by an unusual increase in water inflows, was likely to resume in November this year.

“However, work on other sites is going on satisfactorily,” he  said, and added, “Suspension of work on the intake structure, which was planned to be completed in mid July 2016, may alter project’s completion deadline.”

Speaking on the occasion WAPDA chairman directed the project authorities to make utmost efforts in view of work constraints for completion of all three generating units – each of them having a generation capacity of 470 MW - in a phased manner in the shortest possible time.

It is pertinent to mention here that Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project is being constructed on tunnel No. 4 of Tarbela Dam.

The project will increase generation capacity of Tarblea Hydel Power Station from 3478 MW to 4888 MW, after installation of three units – with installed capacity of 470 MW each – on tunnel No. 4 of Tarbela Dam. The World Bank is providing US$ 840 million for construction of the project. On completion, Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project will add about 3.84 billion units of low-cost electricity to the National Grid per annum. The project will pay back its cost in just three years.