July 4, 2019: Hydel Power Generation Plants operated by Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has contributed 4.358 billion more units during the fiscal year 2018-19 as compared to 2017-18, registering an increase of 36 percent over the year.
As many as 31.425 billion units of low cost hydel was delivered to the nation grid system during the last fiscal year.
Generation of more units was possible owing to the completion of three mega projects including 969 MW Neelum Jhelum, 1410 MW Tarbela 4th Extension and 108 MW Golen Gol hydropower. A total of 2,487 MW accumulative capacity was added to the national grid system with commissioning of the said projects.
The installed generation capacity of WAPDA hydroelectric power surged to 9,389 MW from 6902 MW, registering an increase of 36 percent in just one year.
Earlier, the WAPDA's hydel power stations had total 6,902 MW capacity in 59 years of its inception from the year 1958 to 2017. But with the addition of new projects now it jumped to over 9,000 MW.
Besides addition of three new hydel power stations, effective operation and consistent maintenance of the already existed hydel power stations were the main contributing factors behind this increased hydel generation.