Khan Khwar Hydropower Plant

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Khan Khwar Hydropower Plant
Khan Khwar Hydropower Plant is located in Pakistan
Khan Khwar Hydropower Plant
Location of Khan Khwar Hydropower Plant
Official name Khan Khwar Hydropower Plant
Location Besham, Shangla, Pakistan
Coordinates 34°54′19.21″N 072°48′41.55″E / 34.9053361°N 72.8115417°E / 34.9053361; 72.8115417Coordinates: 34°54′19.21″N 072°48′41.55″E / 34.9053361°N 72.8115417°E / 34.9053361; 72.8115417
Status Operational
Construction began April 2003 (completed in April 2012)
Opening date 14 July 2012
Owner(s) Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)
Dam and spillways
Type of dam RCC
Impounds Khan Khwar River
Height 46 m (151 ft)
Length 112 m (367 ft)
Power station
Turbines 2 x 34 MW (46,000 hp) Francis-type, 1 x 4 MW (5,400 hp)
Installed capacity 72 MW (97,000 hp)
Annual generation 595 million units (GWh)

Khan Khwar Hydropower Plant is a run-of-the-river project located near the town of Besham in Shangla District on the Khan Khwar River, a right bank tributary of Indus River in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, Pakistan. It is approximately 265 km from the federal capital of Islamabad and 350 km from provincial capital of Peshawar in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.[1][2]

The total electricity generation capacity of the Khan Khwar Project is 72 megawatts (97,000 hp).[3] There are two vertical Francis turbine units of 34 MW each and one unit of 4 MW installed at Khan Khwar Hydroelectric Station with the average annual generation capacity of 595 million units (GWh) of cheap electricity.[4] These turbines are manufactured by Dongfang Electric Machinery Co. Ltd.[5] This project is completed by the technical assistance of Chinese corporations (Sinohydro Corporation via a consortium between local and Chinese firms.

Construction of Khan Khwar Hydropower Plant was commenced in April 2003 and the project was completed in April 2012. Power House is in commercial operation since November 2010. The project was officially inaugurated on 14 July 2012 by Prime Minister of Pakistan Raja Pervez Ashraf. The total cost of the project is about PKR 10.73 billion out of which PKR 5.049 billion is accounted for foreign exchange component.[6]

Dam:
Type: RCC
Length: 112 m.
Height: 46 m.
Design Discharge: 29 Cusecs
Design Head: 244 m.

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