Tarbela Dam’s power generation reached 700MW on Monday despite a foreshortened inflow of water in the reservoir.
The dam that is strategically located alongside the River Indus in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa utilizes a reduced inflow of water as a major source of marginal electricity production throughout the year.
According to the officials, the inflow of water was at 14,000 cusec ft over the last two weeks, and the water level was 1470.73 ft because of the reduced inflow that hampered the generation of power at the reservoir.
Yesterday, the dam produced 700 MW of electricity with five power generation units working at limited capacity while the other units remain nonfunctional.
Only recently, the water inflow had been recorded at 14,300 cusec ft with the outflow at 14,300 cusec ft.
Reports about the reduced inflow of water determined that 700 cusec ft of water was diverted to the Pehur High-Level Canal (PHLC) for irrigation purposes to different areas of the province.
Meanwhile, the temperatures in Gilgit Baltistan have fallen in areas, resulting in a decreased inflow of water for the Tarbela Dam.
An American think tank called Atlantic Council had said earlier that 58 million people in Pakistan lack access to electricity and that the challenge is particularly acute in the rural areas where only 54 percent have access to electricity.
“Pakistan’s progress in expanding access has been slower as compared to some other countries,” the council stated in a report last month.
The Atlantic Council also remarked that Pakistan’s rural electrification programs focus heavily on the expansion of grids by various regional distribution companies, many of which are constrained in their ability to finance the expansion, especially in the remote and sparsely-populated areas of Balochistan and the tribal areas.
The council added that the expansion of the generation of electricity would meet the rising demand and reduce the local blackouts.