Beijing: The Suki Kinari Hydropower project will become functional by the end of 2022, a news source reported. Part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the project is expected to reach completion on time despite the coronavirus situation.
According to details, the construction of the 870-megawatt (MW) hydropower plant is currently underway day and night. However, there are strict control and prevention measures in place against COVID-19.
The Project Manager has revealed that following the timely reorganisation of the project and staff in the wake of the pandemic, they were able to prevent delay in the project’s completion.
The Suki Kinari Hydropower Plant is a run-of-the-river project being established along the Kunhar River in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP). The project is also among the largest private sector power development projects in Pakistan.
The USD 1.9 billion project is based on Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) model. The Chinese will operate it for 30 years and then transfer it to the KP government. Upon completion, the Suki Kinari Hydropower Plant will add 884MWs to the national grid.