Minister for Planning, Development and Special Initiatives Asad Umar has announced that WAPDA produced the highest ever hydel electricity in 2019-20 with an increase of 20% compared to the previous year.
In his tweet, the minister said the massive hydel capacity increase is while Dasu, Mohmand, and Diamer Bhasha Dams being built.
Wapda produced highest ever hydel electricity in 2019-20, 20% higher than last year. Massive hydel capacity increase taking place with dasu, mohmand and diamir basha being built. We need to rely on local renewable energy instead of expensive imported thermal fuels. pic.twitter.com/wcUxqeDlup
— Asad Umar (@Asad_Umar) July 5, 2020
Wapda provides 37.4 billion units to the national grid. According to the video posted by the Minister, it has produced 6.23 billion more units in 2019-20 than in 2018-19. It has broken the previous year’s record of 31.17 billion units.
This increased hydel power generation became possible due to improved hydrological conditions and effective operation and maintenance of Wapda hydel power stations despite the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the data, Pakistan has saved around Rs. 87.22 billion from the hydel projects.
- Tarbela Hydel Power Station provided 11.92 billion units
- Tarbela 4th Extension added 5.49 billion units
- Ghazi Barotha added 6.55 billion units
- Mangla added 4.69 billion units
- Neelum-Jhelum Hydel Power Station supplied 4.84 billion units to the national grid.
- The rest of the power, 3.91 billion units, was contributed by other hydel power stations of Wapda.
Wapda owns and operates 22 hydel power stations, including Neelum Jhelum with a cumulative installed generation capacity of 9,389 MW. It is currently working on three mega projects including Diamer Basha Dam, Dasu Hydropower Project and Mohmand Dam is underway, adding 9,500 MW on their commissioning in the future.