The majority of construction projects in Pakistan are stalled due to the spread of Covid-19. However, the construction work of CPEC project Suki Kinari hydropower plant is going on day and night. Chinese architects are working hard to make the project successful.
The Suki Kinari Hydropower Project has taken strict measures to control the epidemic. Meanwhile, a large number of Pakistani construction workers withdrew from the project due to the epidemic and went to China to celebrate spring. Chinese employees could not return to Pakistan. Therefore, there are many challenges in the construction of this project. To continue the construction of the Suki Kinari Hydropower Project, the Chinese company developed a new strategy to stimulate the enthusiasm of the Chinese staff.
According to the schedule, the construction of the Suki Kinari hydro-power plant is expected to complete by the end of 2022. Project Manager Joe Zhao said that due to the timely reorganization of the project and staff more than 700 Chinese employees have difficulties in the current critical time and the duration of the project will not be much affected. The completion of this hydro-power plant will play an important role in promoting Pakistan’s industrial development and economic recovery.
The project is one of the highest priority, SK Hydro started the Suki Kinari hydro-power project development in 2005 with the announcement of feasibility studies.
The 3,106m-long supply will involve a 54.5m-tall asphalt concrete solid stone fill dam concrete cutoff, spillways, power intake system, and other facilities. The dam will comprise two radial-type gated spillways, with the lower one being used for sediment flushing and handling flood flows and the upper one for the normal reservoir. The dam will involve two outspread sort gated spillways, with the lower one being utilized for residue flushing and taking care of flood streams and the upper one for the ordinary store. Twin-barrel underground de-sanders will be built toward the beginning of the head-race burrow for the removal of silt from the water. The head-race tunnel will be six meters in diameter and 19.4km-long, while the two double-stage surge shaft will have a diameter of 770m. The head-race passage will be six meters in width and 19.4km-long, while the two fold stage flood shaft will have a distance across of 770m. Four pen stocks, with a width of 2.12m and length of 160m, from the reservoir to the underground cavern type powerhouse located 4.1km upstream Paras village. The underground powerhouse will involve four Pelton type turbines evaluated at 234MW each.