Test proves Tarbela 4 Project’s efficiency higher than envisaged


Staff Report


Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) successfully carried out simultaneous load rejection test of all three units of Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project.

The test was conducted at a load of about 1100 Mega Watt (MW) under the supervision of the consultants and the contractor of the project. The simultaneous load rejection test was aimed at testing the stability of under-water parts and rise in speed and pressure of the turbines. Simultaneous load rejection test is carried out once a hydropower project is complete and all generating units are fully operational.

Turbine efficiency test was also carried out last week under the supervision of the international expert, hired for the purpose. The test ascertained that the turbine efficiency was more than the efficiency envisaged during the model testing of the turbines.

The completion of Tarbela 4th Extension and Neelum Jhelum hydropower projects this year has exerted a positive impact on an overall hydel generation, as it surged to 5241 MW during the peak hours yesterday, registering an increase of about 46 percent if compared with 3581 MW, generated on this day last year.

Since its commissioning, Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project has so far contributed 1.26 billion units of low-cost hydel electricity to the National Grid despite low flows of water this year.

The 1410 MW-Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project has been constructed on Tunnel No. 4 of Tarbela Dam. The Project has three generating units, each of them having a capacity of 470 MW. The project will provide 3.84 billion units of electricity on the average to the National Grid per annum. Annual benefits of the project have been estimated at Rs. 30 billion. With the completion of Tarbela 4th Extension Hydropower Project, the installed capacity of Tarbela Hydel Power Station has increased from 3478 MW to 4888 MW.

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