Mangla power generation capacity to be enhanced to 1,310 MW: Chairman WAPDA

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MIRPUR (AJK), Dec 29 (APP): Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) is going to enhance the power generation capacity of the Mangla Power House to 1,310 megawatt in the near future.
WAPDA Chairman Lt Gen ® Muzammil Hussain said this during his visit to Mangla dam Thursday.
WAPDA is implementing ‘Mangla Refurbishment Project’ with an approved PC I, cost of Rs.52.224 billion, he added.
He further said that the project on its completion, will enhance generation capacity of the existing Mangla Hydel Power Station from 1000 megawatt (MW) to 1310 MW.
Referring to the Refurbishment Project of Mangla Hydel Power Station, he said that WAPDA has devised a two-pronged strategy for optimal utilization of hydropower resources.
Under the strategy, WAPDA is not only initiating new hydropower projects but also rehabilitating and upgrading its existing hydel power stations to maximize the ratio of environment friendly and low-cost hydel electricity in the national grid.
He directed the officers concerned to complete the project within the stipulated time frame.
The Chairman expressed satisfaction over the exemplary implementation of Mangla Watershed Management Project to reduce the rate of sedimentation flowing into Mangla reservoir, as a result of which, the life of Mangla Reservoir has increased significantly.
During the visit, the Chairman was briefed that consequent upon the completion of Mangla Dam Raising Project in 2011, Mangla Dam is now the largest water reservoir of the country with live storage capacity of 7.48 million acre feet (MAF).
It was further briefed that Mangla Refurbishment Project will be implemented in various phases, wherein the generating units of Mangla Hydel Power Station will be refurbished by closing down one tunnel (two generating units) at a time.
First two units will be refurbished by December 2018, the next two by December 2019 and the other two by December 2020.
Refurbishment of all the 10 generating units will be completed by the year 2024, he remarked.