The Water and Development Authority (WAPDA) has completed 3 major hydel projects in 2018. These 3 projects have got the capacity of generating 2,487 megawatts.
With the completion of the 1,410 megawatts Tarbela 4th extension, 108 megawatts Golen Gol and the 969 megawatts Neelum-Jhelum hydropower projects in the present year, the installed production capacity of the WAPDA hydroelectric power increased to 9,389 megawatts, indicating a surge of 36pc in just one year.
Earlier, WAPDA could manage to take thus hydel production to 6,902 megawatts in fifty-nine years since it has been created that is in the year 1958.
WAPDA has given a contribution of 25.63billion units of hydel power to the national grid during the year 2018 in spite of the fact that water flows in 2018 remained lower than ever before in the history. The contribution of hydel electricity to the system has immensely helped the nation in meeting the electricity requirements and in lowering the tariff for the consumers.
It is important to mention that the hydropower is the cheapest and the most environmental friendly source of electricity. As per the data of Pakistan Electric Power Company (Pepco) about the per unit cost of electricity produced from the different sources during the financial year 2017-18, it is Rs2.22 for the WAPDA hydel, which is far below than the per unit cost of electricity produced from all other sources.
Comparing to the hydel electricity the cost is Rs8.91 per unit for gas, Rs 16.45 for high speed diesel (HSD), Rs8.78 for nuclear, Rs8.60 for bagasse, Rs10.67 per unit for the electricity imported from Iran, Rs16.35 for wind, Rs16.16 for the residual furnace and Rs11.30 for the re-gasified natural gas (RLNG).
Other than this great achievement in the hydropower division, WAPDA has also succeeded in acquiring the major targets for constructing mega water reservoirs in the country.
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