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Karot Hydropower Project ..... 720 MW

Karot hydropower project in final stages, to produce above 3.2 bn KWh of clean energy annually

May 4, 2021

Hoisting of the rotor of the first unit at Karot hydropower project - Photo by: Cheap Energy

by Cheap Energy

On the morning of May 2, 2021, the rotor of Unit no.1 was successfully hoisted, achieving another major milestone for the Karot hydropower project.

With the joint efforts of all parties especially the electro-mechanical team who have worked day and night to make this happen.

The total weight of the rotor is about 700 tons, which was the heaviest hoisting component in the electro-mechanical equipment of the entire unit. The successful hoisting of the rotor marks that Unit no.1 has fully entered the final assembly stage, laying a solid foundation for the timely comprehension of commissioning goal and power generation from Karot Hydropower Station.

The construction activities were badly affected during COVID-19 pandemic. The project management team overcame the difficulties and continued the construction works of the project to put it into production and power generation according to the schedule.


Karot Hydropower Station – Photo by: Cheap Energy

The Karot hydropower project has a total installed capacity of 720 megawatts (MW), and a total investment of more than 1.7 billion US dollars. It is being developed by Karot Power Company Limited (KPCL), a special purpose-vehicle in which China Three Gorges South Asia Investment (CSAIL) holds a majority share. It is one of the priority projects of “China-Pakistan Economic Corridor” (CPEC). It is also the first project that was included in CPEC.

Once functional, it will provide Pakistan with more than 3.2 billion kilowatt-hours of clean energy every year, and it is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 3.5 million tons per year. While optimizing the energy structure and contributing to the global goal of “Carbon neutrality, it will promote Pakistan’s energy construction, social development and Economy.
KAROT New Bridge is being open for the public in Azad Kashmir Pakistan. Karot Power Co. has already constructed the energy project under CPEC in Pakistan.


720 MW Karot Hydropower Project.

1st CPEC Hydropower Project Investment $ 1720 Million.
88% work been completed expected completion April 2022. Current local direct employment 5000 Location River Jehlum, Punjab/ AJK..


Under Construction Karot Hydropower Project - 720MW on Jhelum river under CPEC

- Asphalt Core Rock fill dam
- Surface Powerhouse equipped with 4 x 180 MW Francis-type units
- Expected completion date: end of 2021


Under Construction Karot Hydropower Project - 720MW

Located on Jhelum river and first Hydrel Project of CPEC. Electro-mechanical works are at full swing. The surface Powerhouse equipped with 4 x 180 MW Francis-type units. The first unit commissioning is expected in early 2022.



Under Construction Karot Hydropower Project - 720MW.
Located on Jhelum river and first Hydel Project of CPEC.




Another Milestone Achieved - Rotor of the 2nd generating unit at Karot Hydropower Project was successfully hoisted.
On the morning of 8th August 2021, the rotor of Unit#2 was successfully hoisted.



On 6th September 2021, the last concrete has been poured for Azad Pattan Bridge located within the reservoir area of Karot Hydropower Project. The total length of the bridge is 200m & the bridge deck width is 11.5m.

The already existing bridge will be inundated in the Karot HPP Reservoir. This is another step closer, and at the same time, it laid a solid foundation for the reservoir filling goal.

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