Pakistan’s NTDC to operationalise Neelum–Jhelum link by 2018

Pakistan’s National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) is likely to complete work on the 500 kV electricity transmission scheme that is being implemented to evacuate power from the 969 MW Neelum–Jhelum hydropower plant located near Muzaffarabad by October 2017. The project involves the construction of a 149 km long, 500 kV double-circuit, quad-bundle transmission line from the Neelum-Jhelum hydropower plant to Domeli, and will interlink the new line with the existing 500 kV single-circuit, Rewat–Gakhar transmission line. So far, work on the 138 km transmission line has been completed, while work on the remaining stretch is in progress. The testing of the line will commence once the work is completed. The project has faced several delays due to right-of-way issues and is expected to be put into commercial operation by February 2018.

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