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WAPDA will extend its Tarbela hydropower plant by 1.4 GW (Pakistan)

24 Jun 2019

The Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) of Pakistan has appointed Mott MacDonald as lead consultant for the Tarbela 5th Extension hydropower project in northern Pakistan. The project aims to add a 1,410 MW power plant at the existing 4,888 MW Tarbela hydropower complex and to build a new 500 kV line, along with a 20-40 MW floating solar power project. This 5th extension phase will raise the capacity of the Tarbela power plant by nearly 30% to more than 6,300 MW.

The Tarbela dam was commissioned in phases: 700 MW in 1977, 700 MW in 1982, 350 MW in 1985 and 1,728 MW in 1992-1993. In 2018, the capacity rose by 40% with the commissioning of three 470 MW units (+1,410 MW). In 2016-2017, the dam generated more than 15 TWh of electricity (nearly 475 TWh generated since its commissioning).

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