870 MW Suki Kinari hydropower project to be completed by Dec 2022: Senate told

ISLAMABAD: State Minister for Power Abid Sher Ali on Thursday informed the Senate that construction activities on 870 MW Suki Kinari Hydropower Project had been started after achieving financial close on December 31, 2016, and it would be completed by December 2022.

Responding to various questions during Question Hour, the minister said the project was being implemented under China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) with an estimated cost of $ 1800 million.

He said a consortium of various companies was developing the project located at River Kunhar (District Mansehra).

To various supplementary queries, the minister said around 21,000 MW was generated in the current month and in next two months the generation would reach 25,000 MW.

He said power load-shedding duration had been reduced to one-two hours and there would be no load-shedding after November-December in the country. However, he said areas of more losses were facing more power outage.

The minister said there were some feeders where losses stood at over 90 per cent. Issue of system constraint was also being addressed with more generation side by side, he added.

To another question, Abid said no committee with the name of National Energy Policy Committee was existed. However, the policy matters of energy and its various projects were being monitored by the Cabinet Committee on Energy (CEE) headed by the prime minister, he added.

Meanwhile, Minister for Port and Shipping Chaudhary Jaffar Iqbal told the House that 12 per cent physical work had been completed on Keyhal Khwar Hydropower project so far and would be completed in August 2020.

He said the project was being developed in Kohistan District with an estimated cost of Rs 3,140.320 million and upon completion would generate 128 MW electricity.

To a supplementary question, the minister said 80 per cent work had also been completed on Golan Gol hydropower project and would be completed by March 2018.