STAFF REPORT LHR: Hydroelectric power generation increased by 1.524 billion units in the fiscal year ended June 2014 on the back of efficient operation and maintenance of plants, better water availability in reservoirs and new projects coming on stream including the rise in capacity of Mangla Dam.According to the Wapda, it supplied 31.084 billion units of hydroelectric power to the national grid in 2013-14 compared to 29.560 billion units a year earlier, an increase of 1.524 billion units.

“This additional contribution of low-cost electricity helped the national exchequer save about Rs24.38 billion, which otherwise would have been spent on generating an equal volume of electricity from costly imported oil,” a Wapda spokesman commented.

According to data, Tarbela, the largest hydroelectric power station in the country, produced 15.138 billion units in 2013-14 compared to 14.755 billion units in 2012-13.

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