ISLAMABAD – To meet the deadline, construction is underway simultaneously at 10 Dasu Hydropower Project (DHPP) sites in Upper Kohistan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, according to Gwadar Pro.
WAPDA President Naveed Asghar Chaudhry chaired a progress review meeting on the HDPP. “Work on 10 project sites is underway to meet the 2026 deadline for power generation,” the meeting was informed.
The sites include diversion tunnels, underground power station, flushing and circulating tunnel, right bank access roads, 132 KV transmission line, WAPDA settlement and offices, etc.
In addition to WAPDA officials, representatives of project consultants and contractors attended the meeting.
“Dasu is a key project to generate low-cost and environment-friendly electricity for the socio-economic development of the country,” Chaudhary said while highlighting the timely completion of the project.
The 4320 MW DHPP is being built in two stages. At present, WAPDA is constructing Phase I with an installed generation capacity of 2160MW and an annual power generation of 12 billion units of low-cost, environmentally friendly electricity.
Phase II, when implemented, will also deliver nine billion units to the national grid. At the end of the two stages, Dasu will be the project with the highest annual energy production in Pakistan, that is to say 21 billion units per year on average.
WAPDA spends Rs 17.34 billion on CBM projects for economic and social development in the project area. About 3,300 jobs, including 1,808 for locals, have been created so far, which will increase to 8,000 during the project’s peak construction period, according to the authority.
China Gezhouba Group Company (CGGC) has been working on DHPP as the main contractor for the works since 2017, which is one of the best low-cost green energy projects in the country.