Army deployed at Dasu project, Chinese company yet to start work

By: News Desk      Published: 06:09 PM, 11 Sep, 2021
Army deployed at Dasu project, Chinese company yet to start work

Wapda officials said the Pakistan army has been deployed at the Dasu project site for security but the Chinese company has yet to start work on it.

According to the 24News HD TV channel, the officials said despite passing two months to the terror incident, the work on the project was not being started.

The Chinese company—CGGC—has also ensured Pakistan to start work on the project after confirming the foolproof security but no development surfaced from the foreign partner.

The Dasu terrorist incident took place on July 14 and the company stopped work on it but the Chinese government announced to resume the work.

Meanwhile, there had been several meetings between WAPDA and the Chinese company on commercial and contract issues related to the project.

As well as, the World Bank officials also visited the Dasu project and reviewed the work that had been stopped. The World Bank has to lend US$700 million for the project.

Due to the suspension of the work on it, concerns have been raised that the Dasu project may not be completed on time.

Key Targets of Dasu Dam Project  

The Dasu Dam is a large hydroelectric gravity dam currently under construction on the Indus River near Dasu in Kohistan District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan. It is developed by Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA), as a key component of the company's Water Vision 2025.

The Dasu hydropower project (DHP) includes the construction of a 4,320MW hydropower plant on the Indus River near Dasu town in Kohistan District of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK) province, Pakistan.

The project is located approximately 74km downstream of the Diamer-Bhasha Dam, 240km upstream of the Tarbela Dam, and 345km from Islamabad.

The run-of-the-river hydropower project is being developed in two stages by Pakistan’s Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA).

The construction works of the main dam began in mid-2017, with phase one scheduled to be online by 2023.

The first phase primarily involves the construction of a roller-compacted concrete (RCC) gravity dam with ancillary structures and an underground powerhouse, installation of six turbo generators, and a double-circuit 500kV transmission line.

The second phase will involve the construction of another underground powerhouse with ancillary structures and installation of the remaining turbo units, as well as a double-circuit 500kV transmission line.

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