Project Description

Project Brief:

Project was Identified by PEDO-GTZ :             1992

Conduction of Feasibility Study:                      2008-2011 (31 MW)

Feasibility  Study Review:                                 2014  (40.8 MW)

Original PC-I:                                                       Rs. 8814.63 Million

Approved by ECNEC:                                         August 28, 2013

Feasibility Review:                                              2013-14

Revised PC-I Cost:                                              Rs. 13998 Million

ECNEC Approval:                                               July 10, 2017

EPC Contract was awarded:                             December 10, 2014

Commencement of Construction work:           Feb 02, 2015

Original Project completion:                              Feb 01, 2019

Tentative Project Completion time:                   October 31, 2021


Salient Features:

Project Location                                                   Timergara (District Lower Dir)

River                                                                      Panjkora

Installed Capacity                                                40.8 MW

Design Discharge                                               126 m3/s

Gross Head:                                                         48.1m

Net Head                                                               38.6 m

Weir                                                                       L=204m, H=5m

Headrace Channel                                             2400 m

Sand trap                                                              298 m

Tunnel Length                                                     1883 m, Dia 7m  Horse Shoe Shaped

Surge Shaft:                                                         Dia 28m , Height 39m

Pressure Shaft                                                     102 m Dia 6.2m

Power House                                                      68.75m x 31m x 30m (surface type)

Switchyard                                                            66 m x 79 m

Turbine                                                                  3 Nos. (Vertical Francis)

Plant Factor                                                          58%

Mean Annual Energy                                         205 GWh


The main objective of development of power sector 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 country.

The prime objective of the implementation of this project is to develop the power potential available in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, on sustainable basis and thus provide cheaper, renewable, environment friendly and most needed power, keeping in mind the present and future requirements of Pakistan, especially rural and remote areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,.

In order to meet the challenges of the project construction, operation and maintenance in professional manner, the hydel projects can be developed by the;

Public Sector

Public Private Partnership

Private Sector

The energy generated by this project shall be sold to Central Power Purchasing Agency (CPPA)

Benefits of the Project:

 Financial Benefits:

The hydropower project is highly beneficial due to less unit cost and will help in saving foreign exchange on import of thermal fuels.

The financial benefits of the project over 50 years life has been calculated on proposed Sale Price of Rs.9.63 per kWh. The Financial Internal Rate of Return (FIRR) has been worked out as 12.49 % which make the project financially viable.

Generation cost worked out to be Rs. 6.12 KWh (5.81 US cents) over the useful life of the project and cost per MW of installed capacity being Rs.342.84 million (3.25 million US$) are also attractive to reflect the financial benefits of the project.

The revenue of Government would increase due to direct and indirect taxation, duties, and levies on the production of goods and services that will arise from the power generation within the project area as well as from the electricity duty collected by the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or any other Govt. Agency i.e. PESCO.

Economic Benefits:

The economic analysis of the project has been carried considering power benefits to the overall economy as a consequence of least cost optimal development of the hydropower potential in the country. For this purpose the benefits from the proposed thermal plants have been evaluated in term of costs foregone for providing an equivalent thermal generation.

The results of the analysis show that the project is technically sound and economically viable. Based on combined cycle gas combustion turbine, the EIRR is worked out as 19.24 %.

Social Benefits

The project will supply 40.8 MW of power and generate 205 GWh of energy annually which will assist in meeting power demand of the country. The project has long service life as there is no reservoir sedimentation problem. The project will implement several programs that are designed to improve living standard of the area. These programs will provide improved health, education and infrastructure facilities while other programs will provide alternative source of income and create employment opportunity.

The project will avoid annual gas releases of about 71,100 tones of CO2 from an equivalent gas thermal plant and 129560 CO2 from diesel thermal plant which have a corresponding reduction in atmospheric pollution.

The Hydel project play an important role in the country’s economy due to utilization of indigenous energy resource, in reducing load shedding and saving of foreign exchange required to import thermal fuel.

Current Status (Completed or in Progress and percentage of progress):

In Progress, 88% Completed

Over All Progress





Land Acquisition


1.0% 0.0%


Detail Engineering Design


4.0% 0.0%


Preparatory Civil Works




Permanent Civil Works


11.0% 5.5%


E&M Works (Manufacturing, Delivery & Installation)


46.0% 6.3%


Transmission Line


87.0% 30.0%


Power Evacuation / Other Studies / Testing


70.0% 32.0%