Construction of 356 mini & micro hydropower plants (Phase-I)
Project: Construction of 356 mini & micro
hydropower plants (Phase-I)
of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through the Energy & Power department had started
implementation of 356 Mini & Micro Hydro Power Projects in 2014/15 across
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa through its own funding under the HDF. The aim was to
address the requirements of electricity of the deprived population of the
province. The aim of the Government was to electrify the off grid areas
(including those subject to excessive load shedding) on fast track basis
through developing the indigenous hydropower potential by construction of MHP
plants. The envisaged installed generation capacity was 34.7 MW was initially
planned however later on during implementation stage 24 MHP projects were found
to be technically & socially not feasible and were dropped in revised PC-I,
hence making the revised number of projects to 332 with generation capacity of
Location: 11 Northern Districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
Number of Projects: 332 (32.5 MW)
PC-I Cost: PKR 5,250.19 Million
Physical Start: April, 2015
Expected Completion: Dec, 2021
Consultant: Consulting Associates Peshawar
Implementation status as of September
Total Number of Sites
The main objective
of development of the Mini/ Micro Hydropower is to develop cheap hydropower
potential and to provide more reliable and consistent power to local areas
specially those which are deprived of electricity. The project is to provide
adequate facilities for the generation, transmission and distribution of
electrical energy keeping in view the present severe power shortage and future
requirements for industrial, agricultural and economic development of the
To develop the
power potential available in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on sustainable basis and thus
provide renewable and most needed electrical power, keeping in mind the social
and economic up lift of the inhabitants of rural and remote areas of Khyber
Pakhtunkhwa which are either totally deprived of electricity or partially
connected to grid but are exposed to excessive load shedding.
utilization of water resources available in northern part of the KPK addressing
energy needs of poor population of far flung remote areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
low cost, locally managed and environment friendly electricity and avoiding
ecological damage /Greenhouse effects.
The development of these projects would
lead to the sustainable supply of electricity and would serve as a catalyst for
development of basic industry. The project will provide
opportunities to local communities for enhancements of economic activities
through establishments of small scale industries.
Project will create employment
opportunities and Growth/uplift of socio-economic conditions of the targeted
These Hydel projects will play an
important role in local vicinity economy due to utilization of indigenous
energy resources, in reducing load shedding and saving of foreign exchange
required to import fuel for small scale purposes etc.
The development of these projects will
discourage migration of population from rural to urban areas.
The project will reduce supply demand
gap at national level perspective.
concept of self-reliance in the installation as well as operative and
maintenance of these plants.