Pakistan’s Three Gorges Project Had Faced Natural Disasters
Pakistan’s Three Gorges Project Had Faced Natural Disasters: Recently inaugurated Neelam-Jhelum Hydropower project has stopped working due to the following natural disasters as per China Gezhouba group’s report. China Gezhouba Group, which was responsible for the construction of the Pakistan’s national hydropower project, shared the reasons for the project failure.
In 2010, a major flood in 100 years occurred in Pakistan, and facilities were destroyed in the entire tender area
In 2014, floods were re-emerged, and the stilling pools under construction were submerged and the water was poured through tunnels in river sections
In 2015, a tunnel boring machine encountered a strong rock burst, resulting in buried equipment and extensive damage to parts.
What Did The Chinese Company Do?
As the report share details
- Chinese builders relied on their excellent skills and tenacious spirit
- After the extremely strong rock burst, Chinese technicians rapidly responded to the damaged equipment. The ground repairs were carried out and repair work was completed and excavation resumed in only 7 months without affecting the quality of the project.
- it had overcome one difficulty after another with decade-long technology, excellent skills, and unremitting persistence
- In order to ensure the smooth progress of the project construction and benefit from the completion of the project, the company strived to achieve excellence in the selection of all equipment.
Features of Neelum Jhelum Hydro Power Project
- The total installed capacity of 969,000 kilowatts of the Neelum-Jhelum hydropower station was of special significance to other power plants in Pakistan.
- According to the news portal, geographically, the power plant was located on the upper stream of the Indus River, the Jhelum River. It was Pakistan’s first large-scale hydropower station built on the upper reaches of the Indus River.
- It is a unique case of the unique design of the long water diversion tunnel and underground powerhouse built and constructed in Pakistan. It has a small impact on the natural environment.
- The river has a low requirement for drop height, but with it, the difficulty of construction increases. The total length of the underground project is 68 kilometres, the maximum depth is close to two kilometres, and it passes through the large fault zone in the Himalayas.
It is these special features that allow Pakistanis to always have special feelings for the Neelum-Jhelum hydropower station, calling it “Pakistan’s Three Gorges Project.”
The Chinese Gezhouba Group has further strengthen their work in the Pakistan hydropower sector, by launching the construction of the Sukikinari and Dasu hydropower stations one after another.
Earlier Pakistan Prime minister inaugurated the project and the first 243,000 kilowatts unit of the Neelum-Jhelum hydropower plant was officially put into commercial operation but as per last week report due to failure of Unit 4 the project has stopped generating the required megawatts of electricity and will take three months to repair the fault.
Chinese group is aiming at more project sites to help the Pakistani government and the people build greater hydro-power projects that benefit the country and the people.
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