LAHORE, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 12th Jan, 2017 ) : The 1450-MW Ghazi Barotha Hydel Power Station has so far generated 91.1 billion units of low-cost hydel electricity, added to the national grid since start of its first generating unit in August 2003. The production is 8.6 billion units over and above the generation, which was envisaged in PC-I of the project for the said period. Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lt-Gen (R) Muzammil Hussain noted this with satisfaction during his visit to Ghazi Barotha Hydropower Project, said a press release issued here.
Speaking on the occasion, the chairman said that the hydel power stations have not only helped meet electricity requirements in Pakistan but also stabilise electricity tariff for the consumers. Ghazi Barotha the second largest hydel power station is one of them, he said. Terming Ghazi Barotha an engineering marvel, the chairman appreciated the management for effective and efficient operation and maintenance of the project. Earlier, Ghazi Barotha project management briefed the chairman that the project was completed in 2004 at a cost of Rs 96 billion.
It has three major components; a barrage at Ghazi about 7 kilometres downstream of Tarbela dam; a 52 kilometres long power channel with design water flow of 1,600 cubic metre per second (cusecs), which holds the record of the biggest lined channel in the world; and a power house comprising five generating units, each of them having a generation capacity of 290-MW.