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Tarbela hydropower extension, Pakistan

We carried out detailed design and supervised construction of a new hydropower station and tunnel at Tarbela Dam, enabling water for irrigation to be used for electricity generation as well.

Tarbela 4th extension hydropower project, Pakistan
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Tarbela 4th extension hydropower project, Pakistan We applied our leading-edge skills in tunnelling, power generation, transmission, irrigation and community engagement to tap an existing natural resource. At the design stage, our value-focused engineering led to almost 50% more power output using available water resources, increasing capacity to 1,410MW.

Opportunity

Tarbela Dam, on the Indus River in Pakistan, is the largest earth fill dam in the world. With a reservoir covering 97 square miles (250 square kilometers) it offers enormous potential for both irrigation and hydropower.

Solution

For our client, the Water & Power Development Authority, we provided leading-edge skills to harness this existing resource. Relevant expertise included tunneling, power generation, transmission, irrigation, and community engagement.

Outcome

At the preliminary design stage, we applied rigorous value engineering to a third party design concept to generate 40% more power using available water resources than originally thought possible.

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