Pakistan’s Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has announced that it has approved a fourth extension project for the Tarbela hydroelectric plant.

The latest extension of the 1410 MW Tarbela plant is part of a least-cost power generation strategy being implemented by the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA).

The strategy aims not only at adding a significant quantity of electricity to the national grid, but also improving the ratio of low-cost hydropower electricity in the overall system to stabilise the power tariff.

The extension will increase the generation capacity of Tarbela to 4888 MW.

Sources have said that after completion, the extension project will result in 3.84 TWh per year of electricity being added to the national grid.

According to the CWDP: “This project will be instrumental in saving foreign exchange on the import of almost one million tonnes of furnace oil annually, required for the equivalent generation of electricity from thermal sources.”

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