Saturday, January 15, 2011

Pakistan: Power generation decreasing

Pakistan: Power generation decreasing

LAHORE, Jan. 14 -- The water release from the country's three reservoirs has reduced drastically, forcing the hydro-power generation to come down to 1,196MW against the capacity of 4,662MW of the three reservoirs.

The Water and Power Development Authority (Wapda) said it was releasing water from the country's three reservoirs i.e. Tarbela Dam, Mangla Dam and Chashma as per the indent issued by the Indus River System Authority (Irsa).

Officials said water releases from the three reservoirs were reduced due to the ongoing canal closure. They said the present releases were 45,000 cusecs from the three reservoirs. They said at present 4.1 MAF water was available in three reservoirs in comparison with the previous year's 1.3 MAF.

According to the IRSA indent to the Wapda, water releases from Mangla from December 26, 2010 to January 12, 2011 were 10,000 cusecs and at Tarbela water releases were 30,000 cusecs on December 25, 2010 and 20,000 cusecs from December 26, 2010 to January 5, 2011. Similarly, the IRSA directed the Wapda to further cut down water releases to 15,000 cusecs for January 6-7 and 10,000 cusecs from January 8-10, 2011. However, on January 11 and 12, 2011, the IRSA directed the Wapda to increase water releases from Tarbela to 15,000 cusec Published by HT Syndication with permission from Right Vision News.

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