Days after passing trial runs, snag hits Neelum-Jhelum project

LAHORE: The commercial operation of the unit no. 4 of the Neelum- Jhelum Hydropower Project (NJHP) has been delayed for about next four months after the experts identified some technical issues in the machine during various tests and sought replacement of some parts.

The NJHP’s unit-4 had started trial generation last month and it continues to pass through various tests required for commercial operation. The unit has injected more than 1.3 million units of electricity during test run.

“However, during the tests of this unit, the “run outs” exceeded the specifications. The consultants of the project concluded that for operation for its designated life, its “labyrinth” and “lower sleeve” should be replaced with new ones, for which the contractor has placed the order on the manufacturer namely Harbin China. This unit is scheduled to go into operation in next three to four months,” explains a spokesperson for the Water and Power Development Authority.

Published in Dawn, 19th May, 2018