Pakistan awaits Ghazi hydropower

In five years, Pakistan will have an additional 1,450 MW of electric power from the massive Ghazi Barotha Hydropower Project, now under way, according to Binnie Black & Veatch. Sited on the Indus River in northwest Pakistan, the project includes:

– A 1.5-mile-long barrage designed for a flow of 647,500 cfs. A maximum flood of 1.63 million cfs will pass through a fuse plug spillway.

– A 32-mile-long, concrete-lined power channel with a design flow of 56,500 cfs, making it one of the largest in the world.

– An open-cut-style powerhouse with a capacity of 1,450 MW. It will operate with two other powerhouses for maximum benefits. The powerhouse has been designed to withstand flooding and earthquakes.

– Two headponds near the powerhouse, which will allow the turbines to meet peaking power demands.