Lahore -  The Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project will be commissioned in February 2018 with its first unit going into operation.

The second unit of the project will be functional by April-end and the third one by May-end 2018.

The Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) Chairman Lieutenant General Muzammil Hussain (R) expressed these views during his visit to the project yesterday. 

Lt-Gen Muzammil Hussain visited various components of the project and reviewed progress of construction work on them.

Speaking on the occasion, the chairman said that as many as 1410Megawatt (MW) low-cost and environment-friendly hydropower will be added to the national grid with phased-completion of Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project from February to May 2018, which will help mitigate power shortages in the country with low-cost hydel electricity.

Expressing satisfaction over the pace of work, he emphasised upon the project management, the consultants and the contractors to maintain close liaison among them to meet the timeframe for completion of the project without compromising the stipulated standards of quality for construction work.

It merits mentioning here that the 1410MW-Tarbela 4th Extension is a component of least-cost energy generation plan being implemented by Wapda on priority basis to increase the ratio of hydel electricity in the system to stabilize electricity tariff for the consumers. Under Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project , three electric power generating units - each of them having capacity of 470MW - are being installed at tunnel 4 of Tarbela Dam. With completion of the project , generation capacity of the existing Tarbela Hydel Power Station will increase to 4888MW from the existing 3478MW. Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project will provide 3840 Gigawatt hours (3.84 billion units of electricity) to the national grid annually.