Duber Khwar Hydroelectric Plant

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Duber Khwar Hydropower Plant
Duber Khwar Hydroelectric Plant is located in Pakistan
Duber Khwar Hydroelectric Plant
Location of Duber Khwar Hydropower Plant
Official name Duber Khwar Hydropower Plant
Location Pattan, Kohistan, KPK, Pakistan
Coordinates 35°7′9.82″N 072°55′38.51″E / 35.1193944°N 72.9273639°E / 35.1193944; 72.9273639Coordinates: 35°7′9.82″N 072°55′38.51″E / 35.1193944°N 72.9273639°E / 35.1193944; 72.9273639
Status Operational
Construction began June 2003
Opening date June 2013
Owner(s) Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Gravity, roller-compacted concrete
Impounds Duber Khwar River
Height 40.5 m (133 ft)
Length 202 m (663 ft)
Power station
Name Duber Khwar Hydroelectric Plant
Coordinates 35°6′17.98″N 72°59′39.02″E / 35.1049944°N 72.9941722°E / 35.1049944; 72.9941722
Operator(s) WAPDA
Commission date January 2014
Turbines 2 x 65 MW Pelton-type
Installed capacity 130 MW
Annual generation 595GWh

Duber Khwar Hydropower Plant is located near the town of Pattan in Kohistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan on the Duber Khwar River, a right bank tributary of Indus River. It is approximately 300 km NW from Islamabad, the federal capital of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. [1]

The total electricity generation capacity of the Duber Khwar Project is 130 MW. [2] There are two vertical Pelton wheel turbine units of 65 MW each installed at Duber Khwar Hydroelectric Station. These turbines are manufactured by Andritz Hydro Austria. [3] Andritz Hydro Austria has supplied and installed the complete electro-mechanical equipment and services with the focus on its “water to wire” concept. The supplies consisted of two 65 MW Pelton-type turbines with a rated head of 516 m, associated generators and generator auxiliaries and the complete electrical power systems.[4]

Construction of Duber Khwar Hydropower Plant was commenced in June 2003 and the project was completed in June 2013. Power House is in commercial operation since January 2014.[5] The total cost of the project is about PKR 16.325 billion. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is likely to inaugurate the Duber Khwar hydropower project soon. Environment-friendly Duber Khwar hydropower project will generate 595 million units of low-cost hydel electricity per annum. [6]


Type: Concrete gravity dam
Length: 202 m.
Height: 40.5 m.
Design Discharge: 29 Cusecs
Headrace Tunnel Length: 4.873 km
Design Head: 535 m.[7][8]

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