The Neelum-Jhelum Hydropower project hit its peak generation mark of 1,040MW, crossing the 1000MW level and going beyond its installed capacity of 969MW.
The project has set a rare example in the hydel power sector, all due to the efficiency standards of the turbines and well-coordinated technical and administrative efforts of the engineers.
According to Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman (retd.) Lt. Gen Muzammil Hussain, it is a huge success and Wapda plans to celebrate it by giving cash prizes and appreciation certificates to the engineers involved in the project’s operation.
“When your intention is good, things move in the right direction, making everything go well and sometimes beyond your expectation,” said the chairman, adding that the project earlier hit the 969MW mark—its installed capacity—twice and then touched 975MW once.
He said that the project is operating now beyond its installed capacity, 1040MW, which is 71MW higher.
“This all has happened due to the availability of sufficient water flows, excellent performance of the turbines and technically well-coordinated efforts of the engineers working in the staff,” said Hussain while announcing cash prizes, appreciation certificates, and other rewards to those responsible for this feat.
Notably, the project went operational with the commissioning of its first unit on April 13, 2018. By August 14, phased commissioning of the three other units was completed. This was the time when the project had reached its full and installed capacity of 969MW.
On March 29, the onset of summer brought about increased water flows due to which the project again touched its maximum generation capacity. At this time, all four of its units started running on a full load of 242.25MW each.
The chairman revealed that the project has so far contributed more than 2.35 billion units (kWh) into the national grid since its commissioning in April 2018.
Presently, the project is injecting over 20 million units per day and its annual energy production is expected to reach the planned 4.6 billion units during 2019.