National Transmission and Despatch Company Limited (NTDCL) has conducted a feasibility study for evacuation of power from 26 planned hydro power plants (HPPs) in the mountainous northern areas through International Consultants, Parsons Brinckerhoff Ltd., United Kingdom (PB, UK). The study covered the power system analysis, interconnection scheme for dispersal of power, preliminary survey, geotechnical assessment, environment study, etc. The same interconnection scheme has been adopted in the National Power System Expansion Plan of Pakistan up to 2030. Dassu Hydropower Project (DHP) is one of the 26 hydropower plants included in the feasibility study. DHP is located on the Indus River with a total capacity of 4,320 MW and its first stage of 2,160 MW is expected to be online by December, 2020 based on GM (Hydel) Dev. of WAPDA letter no.11586-88/GMHD/CEPD/HS-53 dated 30-07-2015. Interconnection scheme for evacuation of this power i.e. Dassu Hydropower Transmission Project (DHTP) is required to be completed in six months (June, 2020) before commercial operation date (COD) of first unit. Consultants from SSPL were hired to conduct baseline and impact assessment studies for Physical environment component of the ESIA. The ultimate objective of the study is to make the project environmentally responsible and socially acceptable. The specific objectives of this study can be identified as follows:
- To collect the baseline data on physical conditions of the project area using primary as well as secondary data.
- To carryout environmental assessment including the supporting administrative and legal framework of the proposed infrastructure.
- To identify mitigation measures of the potential environmental and noticeable impacts and proposing impacts.
- To propose institutional responsibilities and methods of monitoring the mitigation measures and monitoring procedures.
- To prepare the Environmental Management Plan.
|Cost||PKR 4 million|
|Client(s)||WAPDA, World Bank|
|Role of Organization||Environmental Consultants|