122 MW Keyal Khwar Hydropower Project Construction Contract awarded

Keyal Khwar 2 Enlarge image (© AA) For reducing electricity shortage inPakistan, WAPDA awarded a contract on September 19, 2014 to Sinohydro Group for constructing the 122MW Keyal Khwar Hydropower Project. The Keyal Khwar Hydropower Project is designed to maximize the utilization of Pakistan’s hydropower resources.

This Project makes use of the power of water falling from some 700 meter height in the Keyal Khwar River which is the right tributary of River Indus in District Kohistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. This water will be carried through a 7 kilometer long tunnel large enough for a truck to pass through, and dropped on two large turbines housed in an underground powerhouse located close to the town of Pattan along the Karakorum Highway. From there the water will be released into the river Indus.

This is a run-of-river project designed to generating more power for meeting the electricity demand at peak load time. It will add over 400 million units of electricity into the National Grid system for alleviating the electricity shortage.

For designing this Project, all field investigations were financed by a Euro 2.6 million Grant in Aid provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through KfW Development Bank. The same ministry also provided a soft loan through KfW Development Bank of over Euro 97 million for the project construction. The European Investment Bank co-finances the project by providing an additional Euro 100 million loan.

As a hallmark of German Development Cooperation, the Keyal Khwar Hydropower Project is designed to maximize the utilization of Pakistan’s hydropower resources, with negligible relocation of local communities, adequate compensations to the project affected families, and extreme respect for the environment of the project area. In addition, some measures are in place for appropriate community development work. 

Over the past half century, the German financing has made possible the installation of over half of Pakistan’s power generation capacity.

Keyal Khwar 1 Enlarge image (© AA)