Master of Business Administration Executive

Faculty / School

Faculty of Business Administration (FBA)

Year of Award


Project Type

MBA Executive Research Project

Access Type

Restricted Access

Executive Summary

Pakistan's economy is currently facing crippling energy deficits with record shortfalls in supply being experienced each successive year. This is resulting in prolonged electricity breakdowns in urban as well as industrial zones. Demand Is outstripping supply due to rapid urbanization and industrialization and falling investment in the energy sector as investors start to shy away from a sector mired in circular debt. power

The purpose of the project is to identify the potential of hydro power in the province of Sindh particularly the existing canal network. The objective of this study is to identify one of the potential sites and carry out a feasibility study for that site. The study would include the type of technology that can be used in the site and work out the indicative tariff based on IMEPRA laws and assess whether the tariff is viable given the existing cost of power generation in Pakistan.

Structure RD 26 is located on the Nara canal approximately 7.6km downstream of Sukkur Barrage, where the Nara canal off takes was selected as a potential site.

Following turbine technology options were available which were researched and evaluated in detail.

  • The propeller turbines arranged in a matrix array like the Hydro Matrix of patented design by Andritz.
  • The Straflo Matrix array of propeller turbines, also of patented design by Andritz.
  • The Crossflow turbines.
  • The tubular or horizontal Kaplan turbines.
  • The vertical Kaplan turbines.

During the research and discussions with MS Tahira Siddiqui vertical Kaplan was identified as the ideal turbine type. However, even for these types of turbines, there are flow capacity limits. So inevitably it will not be possible to use all the water available in times of high flows and that the nominal flow per machine would be ~32.5 mVs

The feasibility assumes the expected eventual cost of project development when determining the reference tariff. Accordingly ail expected increase in cost of developing the project in the development period needed to be incorporated. These primarily include the impact of inflation and exchange rates. The reference tariff has been determined under this study at the expected construction start date of 1 January, 2014.



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