Pakistan council approves construction of 128-MW Keyal Khwar hydro project

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The Executive Committee of Pakistan's National Economic Council has approved construction of 128-MW Keyal Khwar hydroelectric project on Pakistan's Keyal Khwar River.

The committee met in special session September 12 chaired by Finance Minister Mohammad Ishaq Dar in the prime minister's office.

The Executive Committee considered and approved a summary moved by the Ministry of Planning, Development and Reform for development of Keyal Khwar in Kohistan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa Province.

The project is to be completed by the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) in four years at a cost of 27.8 billion rupees (US$270.8 million). It is to deliver an estimated 418 GWh annually via a 2.8-kilometer transmission line connecting to the switchyard of the 130-MW Duber Khwar hydro project.

WAPDA selected a group led by China's Sinohydro Corp. to construct civil works of the project on the Keyal Khwar, a tributary of the Indus River. The European Investment Bank has granted a US$137 million long-term loan and Germany's development bank Kreditanstalt fur Wiederaufbau (KfW) has provided US$125.4 million for the project.

Lahmeyer, NDC, and EASE PAK were project consultants for the feasibility report, detailed engineering design, construction design, and construction supervision.

Keyal Khwar is to include a 57-meter-tall, 114-meter-long concrete gravity dam with integrated low-level gated spillway, ungated auxiliary spillway, underground powerhouse to accommodate two 64-MW vertical Pelton turbine-generators, 7-kilometer concrete-lined headrace tunnel, three desander caverns, 626-meter-tall steel-lined pressure shaft, 687-meter-long tailrace tunnel, hydraulic steel structure equipment, two access roads, and an 11-kilovolt overhead line.

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