ISLAMABAD, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 12th Jan, 2017 ) : The 1450-MW Ghazi Barotha Hydel Power Station has added 91.1 billion units of low-cost hydel electricity to the National Grid so far since commissioning of its first power generating unit in August 2003. The project provided 8.6 billion more units to the national grid against PC-1 rated electricity generation. 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.
Speaking on the occasion, the chairman said the hydel power stations owned and operated by WAPDA have been significantly contributing towards prosperity of the country since long. These hydel power stations have not only helped meeting electricity requirements in Pakistan but also stabilising electricity tariff for the consumers. Ghazi Barotha, the second largest hydel power station is one of them, he said. Terming Ghazi Barotha Hydropower Project an engineering marvel, the chairman appreciated the management for effective and efficient operation and maintenance of the project.
Earlier, the chairman had a detailed round of the Power Channel and Hydel Power Station at Barotha during his visit to the project. Ghazi Barotha Hydropower Project management briefed the chairman that the project was completed in 2004 with a cost of Rs 96 billion. It has three major components; a Barrage at Ghazi about 7 kilometers downstream of Tarbela Dam; a 52 kilometers long Power Channel with design water flow of 1600 cubic meter 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. Ghazi Barotha Hydel Power Station has been generating 7.1 billion units of electricity per annum on the average against the PC-I rated generation of 6.6 billion in a year.