One of the six and the largest hydropower projects planned to be built on the Jhelum River in the State of AJK is the Kohala hydropower project and is being implemented by Kohala Hydro Company (Pvt.). Moreover, the Kohala Hydropower Project is a proposed run-of-the-river and the high head project of 316 meters that will be located near Kohala, in Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan.

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Furthermore, KHPP has been listed as the “Actively Promoted Project”. In the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) since August 2014 with both the Governments of China and Pakistan. Furthermore, KHPP is being developed in the private sector under the build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) model. and it shall be transferred free of cost to AJK after 30 years.

As a matter of fact, the project has been reviewed by the Private Power Infrastructure Board (PPIB) and also by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In addition, it is verified by the International Finance Corporation

Location

This dam site is on Jhelum River near Sarran Village 40 km upstream from Muzaffarabad and a 20 km long tunnel connects to the powerhouse which is located at Barsala 7 km upstream from Kohala Bridge.

Kohala $2.7 billion hydropower Project
Credits: propakistani.pk

China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC)

China three Gorges Corporation bid (January 7, 2015) to cater to Pakistan’s renewable energy and worth $2.7 Billion. However, CTGC has finalized a plan to construct an 1124 MW Hydro-power Project in Kohala. The 5,149GWh of electricity will be generated in a year with 122MW guaranteed output and 4,617 hours of capacity utilization. However, CTGC possesses the most advanced and scientific ecological concept in hydropower project design and development in compliance with international standards.

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Financing

Kohala Hydropower Project with the cost of around $2.7 billion will get its financing through Debt and Equity. Foreign banks led by the consortium of China Development Bank are expected to provide 85% of the debt financing, while 15% of debt is expected from local banks which are led by the syndicate of Habib Bank.

SMEC

However, Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation is an Australian based-firm that provides consulting services on major infrastructure projects around the world and In addition, to review and update the ESIA it undertook a feasibility study and detailed engineering designs of the Kohala hydropower project

National importance

According to the sources, for all its national importance and interests. The construction period of 6.5 years will provide thousands of job opportunities for local people and not only this but also water use charge and taxes will be a huge and steady income for AJK.

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Official name Kohala Hydropower Project
 Project Company Kohala Hydro Company (Pvt.) Ltd. (KHCL)
Location Azad Jammu and Kashmir
Status Under construction
Construction began 2016
Opening date 2021
Construction cost $2.7 Billion
Owner(s) Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA)

Dam and spillways

Type of dam Gravity, roller-compacted concrete
Impounds Jhelum River
Reservoir and Capacity 
Total capacity 49,000,000 m3 (39,725 acre⋅ft)
Active capacity 8,730,000 m3 (7,078 acre⋅ft)
Surface area .78 km2 (0 sq mi)
Maximum length 6.4 km (4 mi)
 Reservoir capacity 19.90 million m3

Kohala Hydropower Project

Type Run-of-the-river
Turbines 4 x 281 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity 1124 MW
Annual generation 5149 GWh

 

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Dates

KEY Milestones
Dec 31, 2015 Issuance of LOS by PPIB
Dec 22, 2016 NOC for Environmental study by AJK EPA
Apr 2, 2018 EPC Stage Tariff determination by NEPRA
Dec 31, 2019 Expected Financial Closing (FC) Date
 Dec 31, 2025 Expected Completion Date (COD)

 

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