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Tarbela Dam Reaches Maximum Storage Level

BY Shahzad Saeed Aug 12, 2023. 11:23 pm

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Tarbela, Pakistan’s largest water reservoir, reached its full storage capacity on Friday morning, according to official sources. The dam’s generation capacity has also reached its 4,888 megawatt-rated potential.

This significant achievement is the result of rising temperatures and sporadic rainfall in the Indus River catchment areas. The reservoir’s water level rose to 1,550 feet above sea level on Friday morning, resulting in a sizable 5.809 million acre-feet (MAF) of water. The reservoir’s 17 power-generating units can now all be turned on thanks to the increased inflow.

With a total rated capacity of 4,888 megawatts, Tarbela was generating 4,888 MW of power as of Friday morning at 6 AM. After the fifth extension hydropower project is finished, this capacity is expected to rise to 6,418 MW. A dead level of 1,398 feet has been established for the reservoir.

The Indus River System Authority (IRSA) has released instructions for the controlled release of extra water through spillways in order to deal with the anticipated influx of water until August 20. This preventative action aims to control the reservoir’s water level.

Officials are applauding this development as a positive sign for both agriculture and the nation’s energy needs, particularly through enhanced hydroelectric generation, as the Tarbela reservoir has reached its maximum conservation capacity. This accomplishment highlights the country’s commitment to sustainable resource use and signals the potential for promoting economic growth using renewable energy.

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