Satpara Dam: A Multi-Purpose Dam of Pakistan

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Satpara Dam: A Multi-Purpose Dam of Pakistan

Satpara Dam is a proposed medium-size multi-purpose concrete-faced earth-filled dam situated downstream from the place of Satpara Lake on the Satpara Stream nearly 4 kilometers from the region of Skardu in Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan.

The dam has enlarged the size of Satpara Lake, produces17.36 MW of hydroelectricity, supplies power to almost 30,000 residents in the Skardu Valley, irrigates 15,536 acres (62.87 km2) of land and supplies 3.1 million gallons each day of drinking water to Skardu city. Yearly agricultural output in the Skardu Valley is hoped to increase more than 4-fold, producing almost $6 million in additional yearly economic benefits to regional communities.

Construction of Satpara Dam was started in the year of April 2003 and completion was scheduled in the month of November 2011. Power House Unit No. 1 was completed and came online on the day of 6 October 2007 and Unit No. 2 was completed and came online on the day of 30 December 2008. On the day of 7 January 2011, the Government of Pakistan and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) stepped into an Enhanced Partnership Agreement under which USAID agreed to give US$26 million for the construction of Power House Units Nos. 3 and 4 and completion of left over works on the proposed dam. Power House Unit No. 3 began commercial operation in the year of May 2013 and Unit No. 4 began commercial operation in the year of June 2013.

The official inauguration is yet to be awaited and was hoped to take place before the end of fiscal year of 2013.

 

 

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