ISLAMABAD, Jul 11: The power intake system of Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project at dam site has been completed with the operationalization of the third de-sander in order to meet water requirement for generating power from all units of the project.
The de-sanders have been constructed with project’s dam to divert water from reservoir to the water way system comprising 52-kilometer long tunnel system to generate electricity at the power house, said a press release.
At present, three units of Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project have been generating power, therefore, impounding level in the reservoir has also been enhanced to meet the increased water demands of all units in operation.
It is worth mentioning that Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project has three main components – dam and de-sander, water way system and power house.
The dam and three de-sanders have been constructed across river Neelum at Nauseri in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The concrete and rock filled dam is 60 meter high and 261 meter long.
Maximum water storage capacity of the reservoir is 10 million cubic meter, while maximum operation level of the reservoir is 1015 meter above mean sea level. At present, water level in the reservoir is 1006.5 meter above mean sea level as per the demand of power house.
As many as 70 cubic meter per second water out flow is required to generate power from each unit installed at the power house.