Senate Standing Committee on Power in its meeting on Tuesday discussed the installed capacity of the hydroelectric power plants in the country, net available hydropower during the current summer season indicating also the technical/operational faults due to which maximum hydroelectricity could not be generated.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Fida Muhammad and was attended among others by Senator Maulvi Muhammad Faiz, Secretary Power and officials from the ministry, WAPDA and PEDO.
Muhammad Arshad Chaudhry Member Power WAPDA made a detailed presentation before the committee. The Committee was told that that Tarbela has an installed capacity of 3,478 MW and available capacity during Summer of 3,506 MW, Ghazi Barotha has installed as well as available capacity of 1,450 MW, Mangla has an installed capacity of 1,000 and available capacity of 920 MW, Neelum Jhelum has installed as well as available capacity of 969 MW, Tarbela 4th extension has installed as well as available capacity of 1,410 MW, Warsak has installed capacity of 243 MW and available capacity of 214 MW, Chashma has installed capacity of 184 MW and available capacity of 117-138 MW, Golen Gol has installed capacity of 108 MW and available capacity of 36 MW (through its Unit No 1), Jinnah has installed capacity of 96 MW and available capacity of 20-30 MW, Satpara has installed capacity of 17.4 MW and available capacity of 7.5 MW, Khan Khwar, Allai Khwar and Duber Khwar which are the tributaries of Indus river have installed as well as available capacity of 72 MW, 121 MW and 130 MW respectively.
Small hydel power stations (8 in number) have installed capacity of 91 MW and available 40-60 MW, Dargai Hydel Power Station has installed capacity of 20 MW and available capacity of 18 MW, Gomal Zam, has installed capacity of 17.4 MW and available capacity of 8.5 MW
Issues relating to PEDO also came under discussion and the ministry was directed to convene an internal meeting on the issues between PEDO and NTDC.