Syed Khursheed Ahmed Shah, Pakistan’s Minister for Water Resources, says the Dasu Hydropower Project is critical for the country’s economic stability since it will deliver low-cost hydel electricity.
He stated during his visit to the Dasu Hydropower Project that electricity generation from the project will begin in 2026.
The Federal Minister made the remarks today while touring the Dasu Hydropower Project, which is being built on the Indus River upstream of Dasu town in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Upper Kohistan area. WAPDA Chairman Naveed Asghar Chaudhry accompanied him. During the visit, the WAPDA project’s management, as well as representatives from the consultants and contractors, were present.
The Federal Minister noted that electricity generation from the Dasu Hydropower Project will begin in 2026 and will significantly help to meeting the country’s growing demand by infusing large amounts of affordable and green electricity into the national grid.
According to the Minister, it will make a significant contribution to fulfilling the country’s rising electricity demand by infusing a significant amount of low-cost, environmentally friendly electricity into the national grid.
He acknowledged his pleasure with the project’s progress and urged WAPDA to complete it on time.
The Minister also urged WAPDA to give locals first priority in the project’s jobs. He stated that a meeting with all stakeholders will be held in Islamabad soon to resolve local issues.
The Minister was informed by WAPDA GM and PD Anwar-ul-Haq that the 4320 MW Dasu Hydropower Project is being completed in two stages. WAPDA is currently building stage-I, which will have a 2160 MW installed generation capacity and produce 12 billion low-cost and environmentally beneficial kWh per year. When completed, stage-II will offer 9 billion units to the national grid. Dasu will be the project in Pakistan with the largest annual energy generation, averaging 21 billion units per year, after all stages are completed.