PESHAWAR – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) lead provincial government has initiated 356 small scale hydroelectric projects in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) in a bid to end energy crisis of militancy hit province.
According to the official sources, PTI government had already identified at least 356 potential sites in whole province with potential of generation electricity utilizing natural flow of water. The total generation capacity of these projects will be around 35 MW.
Moreover, apart from the 356 small scale hydroelectric projects the eight potential medium scale projects are also on pages. The details of the hydroelectric projects and their electricity generating capacity is as under:
- Ranolia Hydro Power Plant in Kohistan (Lower) – 17 MW to be completed by December 2014.
- Machai Canal Hydro Power Plant in Mardan – 2.6 MW to be completed by December 2014.
- Dararkhor Hydro Power Project in Swat – 36 MW to be completed in 2015.
- Matal Tan Gorkand Hydro Power Plant – 84 MW to be started soon.
- Lavi Chitral Hydro Power Plant – 69 MW to be started soon.
- Jagori Hydro Power Plant in Mansehra – 10 MW to be started soon.
- Koto Hydro Power Plant in Lower Dir – 40 MW to be started soon.
- Karora Hydro Power Plant in Shangla – 12 MW to be started soon.
The medium scale projects were initiated in Awami National Party (ANP)’s government. However, 356 small scale projects were identified by PTI government.
The 356 community-based micro hydro power projects were first approved in July 2014 by Directors for Pakhtunkhwa Energy Development Organization (PEDO). The nature of these would be community-based which will be constructed with the help of different NGOs. The total estimated cost of 256 projects is Rs 4.7 billion which will be allocated from Hydel Development Funds (HDF).
These mini stations will be constructed in Abbottabad, Mansehra, Batagram, Tor Ghar, Kohistan, Malakand, Buner, Swat, Shangla, Dir (Upper/Lower) and Chitral having total capacity of 35MW and so far six local NGOs have shown interest to develop these projects.
If completed, these project will make KP almost self sufficient to fulfill its energy requirements.