Assessment of hydro power potential of Swat, Kohistan Himalayas: A solution for energy shortfall in region

Mohammad Amjad Sabir, S. Shafiqur Rehman, Muhammad Umar, Amir Waseem*, Muhammad Farooq, Fariduulah, Muhammad Irshad

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Pakistan is facing acute power dearth these days due to which people are suffering from privation and their economic condition is deflating. Expensive imported fossil fuel for thermal power generation is pressing them hard and exacerbating the situation. The total power produced in the country by all means is less by 4000 MW than the requirement of Pakistan. So this is the prime time to think about exploring aboriginal and renewable power resources. This article converses about hydro power resources of Swat, North Pakistan, one of the most promising areas in hydro power production. The area drained by the Swat River and its tributary net work is a part of Kohistan Himalayas and has a potential of more than 1000 MW that can contribute 25% to the total energy shortfall in the country and the same is 150% more than the shortfall experienced in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa that hosts Swat Valley. Due to great relief difference acquired within a small stretch, the perennial Swat River and its tributaries become pertinent for power production as high head projects and also gain importance in irrigation as well.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)612-618
Number of pages7
JournalWater Resources
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Energy shortfall in Pakistan
  • hydro power potential
  • Kohistan Himalays
  • North Pakistan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Water Science and Technology


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