Pakistan’s 96 MW Jinnah hydropower project is nearing completion, according to the Water Resources and Power Development Authority (WAPDA).

WAPDA Chairman Shakil Durrani said that the first unit will begin operation by the end of December and full completion is expected by the middle of 2012.

The Jinnah hydropower project is a run-of-river scheme being constructed on the River Indus adjacent to Jinnah Barrage in Mianwali district.

Durrani said that WAPDA is implementing seven hydropower projects with a total capacity of 1500 MW as part of its least-cost energy generation plan. Of these, five projects of 400 MW will be completed in 2012. He also said that in addition to these run-of-river projects, work has started on the 4500 MW Diamer Basha dam and the 84 MW Kurram Tangi dam.