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Government of Tajikistan will complete construction of the Rogun hydroelectric power plant all by itself

23.02.2007 09:31 msk

Ferghana.Ru news agency

Business Tajikistan

According to Rashid Gulov, Assistant Senior Engineer of Barki Tochik, the government of Tajikistan allocated $50 million for construction of the Rogun hydroelectric power plant. Another such sum from the state budget is promised in the near future. In other words, Tajikistan is determined to complete construction of the hydroelectric power plant entirely on its own. Gulov says that the government will soon announce a contest to choose the partner (contractor).

President Emomali Rakhmonov said last October that construction of the hydroelectric power plant would be completed by Tajikistan itself, without help from Russian Aluminium. The government of Tajikistan and Russian Aluminium had signed the accord on the Rogun hydroelectric power plant in October 2004 but afterwards failed to reach an agreement on the height and type of the dam and on cost evaluation. The accord was never voided.

Russian Aluminium in the meantime is working on yet another (the third) government accord which Russian Ambassador Ramazan Abdulatipov claims will be ratified by both signatories in the first half of 2007.

The Rogun hydroelectric power plant on the Vahsh River (110 kilometers east of Dushanbe) is supposed to consist of six units 600 megawatts each (water reservoir volume 13.3 billion cubic meters, output 13.1 billion kilowatt\hours). Its construction began in 1976. The first unit was supposed to go on line in 1993 but deterioration of the political situation in Tajikistan put an end to construction in 1990.

The Rogun hydroelectric power plant will produce over 6 billion kilowatt\hours every year. The amount will suffice to do away with the country's energy dependance on its neighbors and provide an impetus for economic development of the whole region. Moreover, Tajikistan will even be able to export electric power to its neighbors including Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The USA will complete construction of the Rogun hydroelectric power plant?

Tajikistan government and Asian Bank for Development signed a credit agreement on the project of transmitting electric power from Tajikistan to neighboring Afghanistan on February 22. After signing the agreement Tajikistan Finance Minister Safharali Najmuddinov informed of the fact that investment to complete construction of the Rogun hydroelectric power plant could be raised from American companies.

According to Najmuddinov's words, Tajikistan government delegation currently visiting Washington, DC, is planning to hold negotiations with the USA investors on the issue of completing power plant construction. The Minister also noted that prospective participation of American energy company AES Corp. in the project is being considered.