First unit starts providing electricity to national grid


LAHORE: Following completion of its reliability test and adjustments thereafter, the first unit of Neelum Jhelum Hydropower Project has started providing electricity to the national grid on Friday.

The unit will contribute 242.25 MW power to its full capacity to the system for one month (reliability period) after which its commercial operation will commence.

In yet another significant development, Unit No. 2 of the project has also undergone mechanical run tests starting May 16. This unit is expected to be synchronized with the national grid during next week for power generation on trial basis.

The Unit No.4 of the project, which was put into operation during April, injected more than 1.3 million units of electricity during test run. However, during the tests of this unit, the “run outs” exceeded the specifications.

The consultants of the project concluded that for operation for its designated life, its “labyrinth” and “lower sleeve” should be replaced with new ones, for which the contractor has placed the order on the manufacturer namely Harbin China. This unit is scheduled to go into operation in next three to four months.

It is worth mentioning that Neelum Jhelum has injected over 23 million units into the national grid so far.