Warsak Dam

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Warsak Dam
Warsak Dam is located in Pakistan
Warsak Dam
Location of Warsak Dam
Country Pakistan
Location Peshawar
Coordinates 34°09′50″N 71°21′29″E / 34.16389°N 71.35806°E / 34.16389; 71.35806Coordinates: 34°09′50″N 71°21′29″E / 34.16389°N 71.35806°E / 34.16389; 71.35806
Status Operational
Opening date 1960
Owner(s) Water and Power Development Authority
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Gravity
Impounds Kabul River
Height 76.2 m (250 ft)
Length 140.2 m (460 ft)
Spillways 9 floodgates
Spillway type Service, controlled
Spillway capacity 540 m3/s (19,070 cu ft/s)
Active capacity 31,207,090 m3 (25,300 acre·ft) (design, now silted)
Surface area 10.3 km2 (4 sq mi)
Power station
Commission date 1960, 1981
Hydraulic head 144 m (472 ft)
Turbines 4 x 40 MW, 2 x 41.5 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity 243 MW

Warsak Dam is a mass concrete gravity dam located on the Kabul River approximately 20 km northwest of the city of Peshawar in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan.


Warsak Dam was completed under the Colombo Plan in two phases and financed by the Canadian Government. The first phase was completed in 1960 and consisted of the construction of the dam. Irrigation tunnels and installation of four power generating units, each of 40 MW capacity with 132 KV transmission system, were also completed in 1960. Two additional generating units of 41.48 MW capacity each were added in 1980-81 in the second phase.


The total installed capacity of the Warsak Dam Hydropower Project is 243 MW. In June 2012, the Pakistan Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) decided to add a 375 MW powerhouse to Warsak, which will raise Warsak's total power generation capacity to 525 MW. No date was given on when the project would be complete.[1]

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