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Chitral Becomes First City of Pakistan to Have 24/7 Electricity

Chitral Becomes First City of Pakistan to Have 24/7 Electricity


admin | January 24, 2018 | category: News

Chitral Becomes First City of Pakistan to Have 24/7 Electricity. Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) achieved yet another landmark as Golen Gol Hydropower Project has  started electricity generation today. In what can be termed as a historic development, Chitral has started receiving much-needed electricity from the project on trial basis, which is a significant step towards stable supply of electricity to the town and the adjacent areas.

The Prime Minister will formally inaugurate Golen Gol Hydropower Project during the first week of February. Only the first unit of 36 MW put into operation today which will provide electricity three times more than needs of Chitral City.Surplus energy will be evacuated to the National Grid.

To mark the historic moment of electricity generation from the first unit of  Golen Gol Hydropower Project, WAPDA Chairman Lieutenant General Muzammil Hussain (Retd) today visited the project. He congratulated the project authorities of WAPDA, the Consultants and the Contractors for achieving the landmark. Heexpressed the hope that Golen Gol Hydropower Project will usher in a new era of progress and prosperity in Chitral, besides stabilizing the economy by providing low- cost and environment-friendly electricity to the National Grid.

The project has been constructed on Golen Gol – a tributary of River Mastuj – near Chitral. The installed generation capacity of the project is 108 MW with three  generating units – each of them having a capacity of 36 MW.

The first unit has been completed, while the second and the third unit will be commissioned in March and May 2018 respectively. The project will provide 436 million units of electricity to the National Grid every year. Benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs.3.7 billion per annum.

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National Boxing Championships to Commence from January 20

National Boxing Championships to Commence from January 20


admin | January 18, 2018 | category: News

National Boxing Championships to Commence from January 20. The 36th National Men and the 1st National Women Boxing Championships will be held at WAPDA Sports Complex from January 20 to 24, 2018 under the aegis of WAPDA Sports Board in collaboration with Pakistan Boxing Federation.

As many as 15 teams will participate in the Men Championships i.e. WAPDA, Army, Navy, Air Force, Railways, KPT, K-Electric, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, Sindh, Balochistan, Islamabad, AJ&K, FATA and Gilgit Baltistan. Men’s competitions will be held in 10 weight categories which are 46, 52, 56, 60, 64, 69, 75, 81, 91 and 91+ kilogramme.

With a view to popularize boxing amongst women folk. Women Championship is being organized for the first time, wherein as many as 24 women players from the provinces and associations will compete in three weight categories of 51, 60 and 75 Kilogramme.

Opening ceremony of the Championships will be held on January 20 at 1330 hours. Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) President Lt Gen (Retd) Arif Hassan will be the Chief Guest, while WAPDA Chairman and WAPDA Sports Board Pattern-in-Chief Lt Gen Muzammil Hussain (Retd) will be the Chief Guest of the closing ceremony scheduled to be held on January 24 at 1430 hours.

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Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project Enters Final Stage of Completion

Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project Enters Final Stage of Completion


Sumera Saeed | December 28, 2017 | category: News

Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project Enters Final Stage of Completion. Neelum Jhelum Project enters final stage of completion Major milestones prior to commissioning of project successfully achieved Water filling in Tail Race Tunnel to commence from January 4.

The 969 Mega Watt (MW)-Neelum Jhelum Hydropower  Project – a hydel power generating scheme of strategic importance – is in final stage of completion, as most of the major milestones which were required to be completed prior to commissioning of the project, have successfully been achieved.

These milestones included completion of Dam and start of water filling in the reservoir, completion of water way system comprising 51.5-kilometre long tunnels, installation of turbines, generators, transformers and other electro-mechanical equipment in the powerhouse, the switchyard, and dry testing of electro-mechanical equipment. The transmission line by NTDC is expected to be completed by end of this month, while water filling (pressurization) of water way system will commence during first week of January 2018. In the first phase, water filling (pressurization) will commence from tail end.

In this back drop, Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) Chairman Lieutenant General Muzammil Hussain (Retd) visited Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project. During the 2-day visit, the Chairman reviewed construction work on dam site, head race tunnel, underground power house and tail race tunnel.

While reviewing construction activities on the various sites of the project, WAPDA Chairman said that the ongoing dry tests of electrical and mechanical installations and pressurization (water filling) of the tail race tunnel are of paramount importance. With this in view, the laid down parameters relating to the safety of the project be taken into account in such a manner that pace of work is not compromised. He reiterated that WAPDA is committed to completing Neelum Jhelum and other under-contraction hydropower projects in the shortest possible time. The Chairman said that it is a matter of satisfaction that the long-awaited Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project is getting ready for generation after inordinate delay spread over years.

The Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project is being constructed on river Neelum in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The project is an engineering marvel with 90 percent of the project being underground in the high mountain areas. The project consists of four units with installed capacity of 969-MW. The first unit of the project is scheduled to go into operation by early March 2018 followed by the second third and fourth units at one month interval respectively. On its completion, the project will contribute about five billion units of electricity to the national grid annually with over Rs. 50 billion revenue injection in the national exchequer.

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APBF protest against return of massive power outages


Sumera Saeed | May 9, 2017 | category: News

(APBF May 09th, 2017) – LAHORE – All Pakistan Business Forum President Ibrahim Qureshi has strongly protested against the return of massive power outages, which was crippling business activities across the country.

After rise in temperature the demand and supply gap has touched almost 6,500MW mainly due to the closure of old power plants at Guddu. In the same way, some units of Hubco and Nandipur were also closed, while power plants at the newly-inducted Bhikki and Haveli Bahadur Shah are still out of the system despite commitments of the government.

He called upon the government to resolve the matter, as the SMEs, which are not connected to industrial feeders, were presently facing up to 8-hour loadshedding while industrial feeders were also facing tripping issues in power supply. Like several other commitments, the government has failed to meet its promise of mitigating load shedding in commercial hubs and zero-loadshedding on industrial feeders, he added.

He stated that there was a huge gap between demand and supply of power. The ongoing power projects in the country would take some time for their commercial operation. Therefore, there was a dire need to take emergency steps in this regard, he suggested.

APBF president proposed that all available options should be utilized, such as restoring idle power projects and encouraging the industrial sector to operationalise their available captive power capacity to mitigate power shortages in the country.

Ibrahim Qureshi suggested that generating power through solar system should also be examined as such projects can be made operational in few months.

Ibrahim Qureshi said that the electricity load shedding has once again kicked up gear, reaching to around 8 to 10 hours in the provincial capital, as total power generation has declined mainly due to mismanagement of the government.

He said billions of rupees have been spent on Nandipur power plant just to accelerate the work on this project but unfortunately it didn’t happen mainly due to of lack of monitoring and inefficiency of the government. The APBF president said that WAPDA has an army of workforce but when it comes to the implementation of important projects, its efficiency is zero, as it failed to play the role of a good monitor.

He urged the government to evolve a new strategy to exploit hydel resources in shortest possible time. “The government claimed to end power outages for industrial sector but constant increase in energy demand continues to hit the businesses. Pakistan is one of those countries where water scarcity is intensifying with every passing day,” he added.

The APBF president lamented that annually, 35 million-acre feet water was being wasted in the sea despite the fact that this water could be used for irrigation and generation of cheap hydel power. Keeping in view the ongoing scenario, he said large dams were necessary, not only for storage of surface water, which is major component for agriculture, but also for generation of hydroelectricity, which is the cheapest and cleanest form of energy.

National Hockey Championship To Start Today in Lahore

National Hockey Championship To Start Today in Lahore


Sumera Saeed | December 23, 2016 | category: Hockey

National Hockey Championship To Start Today in Lahore

The National Hockey Championship is to start from today (Friday) at the National Hockey Stadium in Lahore. Overall 13 hockey teams are joining the event that will be distributed into four polls.

A total 70-member technical committee has been formed for the preparations of the hockey tournament while talks underway over the sponsorship of the event, said Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) Director Development and Domestic Naveed Alam.

He guaranteed to not compromise on the discipline during the championship and declared to take strict action against the violators.

TThe PHF official said that there will be two league rounds of the hockey tournament followed by the semi-finals and final. The semi-finals of the event would be played on 3rd January while final would be held on 4th January, 2017.

  • Pool A: PIA, Navy, Railways
  • Pool B: Wapda, SSGC, HEC
  • Pool C: NBP, Port Qasim, Police and PTV
  • Pool D: Army, SNGPL, PAF

The top two teams from each poll would be supported to next round to compete for super 8 clash.

The PHF Director Domestic said that there would be a discrete championship for the regional teams after a few weeks.

A board of 65 umpires and technical officials for the Hockey championships has also been selected.

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