Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other government officials officially broke ground on the 4,320-MW Dasu hydropower plant earlier this week.
Located on the Indus River, the run-of-river project will be located about 240 km upstream from the 3,480-MW Tarbela hydroelectric project near Dasu in the country's Kohistan district.
Only 7,000 MW of the Indus River's potential 40,000 MW of hydroelectric power capacity have been developed so far, Sharif said, making development along the waterway a priority.
HydroWorld.com reported earlier this month that the World Bank Group's International Development Association had approved a multi-million dollar funding package to be used for the development of Dasu's first stage. This first component, or DHP-1, will have an installed capacity of 2,160 MW, generated by six turbine units.
The project is to be owned and operated by Pakistan's Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA).
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