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Pakistan moves forward developing 409-MW Torcamp-Guddubar hydro project

   February 23, 2018        363        Gregory B. Poindexter /Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

According to the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, it intends to build the 409-MW Torcamp-Guddubar hydropower project, located in Chitral district on the Chitral River in northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Pakistan.

Information on Feb. 22 from Chitral Today indicates the Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization, a department of the KPK government, has awarded a contract to develop the project to a joint venture that includes: National Engineering Services Pakistan (NESPAK) and Germany-based Fichtner GmbH & Co. KG in association with TRS Private Ltd., in Lahore.

NESPAK says some of its ongoing jobs include Pakistan’s 969-MW Neelum-Jhelum Hydroelectirc Project, which is estimated to cost more than US$4.5 billion. The run-of-river scheme is designed to divert water from Neelum River to a powerhouse on Jhelum River that is located in Azad Kashmir, 22 km south of Muzaffarabad, Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

In October, reported the Pakistan Water & Power Development Authority began filling the project’s reservoir.

The amount of the Torcamp-Guddubar award is not immediately available. But, the scope of work reportedly includes conducting a feasibility study, preparing detailed engineering designs and addressing the first of five-pro forma Planning Commission (PC) documents prescribed for preparing and implementing development schemes. PC-I and PC-II deal with submitting project proposals, PC-III is concerned with the progress of ongoing projects, and PC-IV and PC-V are filled after project completion.

Once the project is approved, it is expected to be completed 24-months after construction begins.

According to KPK, the Torcamp-Guddubar project is a private sector development that if built, would be on a build-own-operate-transfer basis under KPK’s Provincial Hydropower Policy 2016.

In 2016, KPK announced it had completed work on 37 micro hydroelectric projects under Pakistan’s power enhancement initiative.

The initiative, as it relates to hydropower, seeks to construct a total of 350 micro-hydropower plants that will have a total installed capacity of 35 MW. Hydropower projects are planned for Abbottabad, Mansehra, Batagram, Tor Ghar, Kohistan, Malakand, Buner, Swat, Shangla, Dir (Upper/Lower) and Chitral, according to the government.

KPK is also home to a number of large hydropower projects, including the 243-MW Warsak and 3,480-MW Tarbela plants.

From Hydro World