Islamabad, 29 June 2022 (TDI): The Chinese Embassy in Pakistan tweeted about the Suki Kinari Hydropower project achieving another milestone, on Monday. This project is one of many power projects that are being built under the CPEC.

Suki Kinari Hydropower Project will add 884 megawatts to the national grid. Despite the multiple challenges, the authorities have managed to achieve another milestone in this hydropower project.

The hydropower project is located on the Kunhar River. It is in the area of Kaghan valley of District Mansehra in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

The deal for the Suki Kinari Hydropower Project was finalized in the year 2014. The dam will be inaugurated in December 2022. The authorities are working tirelessly to complete their work on the given date.

Gezhouba Group of China is sponsoring the dam. The hydropower project is a part of China Pakistan Economic Corridor’s “Early Harvest” plan.

Ministry of Energy is coordinating the Suki Kinari Hydropower Project. It is under the supervision of the Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB). The project is worth about $2 billion.

Structure of Dam

The dam is 54.5 meters high. It has about a 3 km long reservoir. It has the capacity to store about 9 million cubic meters of water. The dam has four total turbines that will produce electricity.

The dam has two gated radial-type spillways. The lower spillway is for handling flood flows and sediment flushing. The upper one is for the reservoir water regulation.

The dam has created about 4250 jobs in different sectors. It is one of the biggest private sector hydropower plants in Pakistan.

The Suki Kinari Hydropower Project will provide Pakistan the clean and cheap energy. The project will help to ease the current ongoing energy crises in the country.

It will help to solidify the relationship between Pakistan and China. It will help Pakistan to shift from more expensive energy sources to cheaper, sustainable, and environmentally friendly energy projects.