President visits site for construction of Roghun HPP
According to presidential press service, the
purpose of the visit is for the president to get acquainted with the pace of
implementation of the Roghun hydroelectricity project
and preparations for blocking the
As it had been reported earlier, specialists
are currently carrying out preparatory work on blocking the river, clearing two
tunnels that had been damaged in the 1990s. These facilities are expected
to have been rehabilitated by November and the work on blocking the river will
start in early November when water levels in the
This year, the government has allocated 532 million somoni for the Roghun hydroelectricity project this year and more than 350 million somoni of that amount have been spent so far.
Specialists say that least US$600 million are needed to introduce the first two units of the station into operation and more than US$2 billion are needed for introduction of all six units of the Roghun HPP into operation.
In a report released at a news conference in
We will recall that a statement released by
president’s office announced on
In April 2008,
The 3,600 MWt Roghun hydroelectric plant is to generate
13 billion kWh of electricity per year. The plant's completion would
substantially increase sales of electricity to neighboring
Addressing builders at Roghun site, Rahmon says there is nothing for neighbors to worry about
DUSHANBE, October 28, 2009, Asia-Plus -- Tajikistan is constructing dams and power plants not in order to restrict neighbors’ water supply; on contrary, it takes into account their interests when constructing the hydropower facilities.
President Rahmon remarks this today while addressing builders at the site for construction of the Roghun hydroelectric power plant (HPP).
“I stress once again that construction of the Roghun HPP should not be the cause for concern of the downstream countries,” Tajik leader noted.
According to him, when the Norak HPP was under construction in the Soviet time the question of construction of the Roghun HPP was put on an initiative of and with support from the then leaders of the common state and the republics of the region. “They hoped that construction of the Roghun HPP will allow developing more than 360,000 hectares of new lands and improving irrigation of more than 4.5 million hectares of lands in the region,’ Rahmon said.
He said that world experience has shown that reservoirs are an optimal option to solve the issue of providing stable water supply. “In this connection, we could provide an example of mutually beneficial use of the Norak reservoir during dry years of 200 and 2006 that met interests of the downstream countries,” Emomali Rahmon noted.
Reminding that more than 60 percent of water
resources of the
“Increase in capacity of reservoirs in the upstream countries could be one of such measures, because they have favorable geographical conditions for this. The downstream countries could provide us assistance in this work, taking into account their interests,” stressed the Tajik leader, “As far as the rational use of water resources in the region is concerned, repeated proposals of Tajikistan regarding use of water resources of the Lake Sarez and creation of international consortium for construction of the Roghun HPP are the evidence of our good intentions.”