expected to be blocked for beginning of work on construction of Roghun dam in late January 2010
22, 2009, Victoria Naumova
Blocking the Vakhsh River for beginning of work on construction of the Roghun
dam is scheduled for late January 2010 when water levels in the Vakhsh River decrease, according to open joint-stock company NBO (nirugohi barqi obi meaning
hydroelectric power plant) Roghun.
in the place of damming and at spillway tunnels is going on, the source at NBO Roghun said.
In the meantime,
members of the Public Council of Tajikistan and representatives of media are
visiting the site for construction of the Roghun
hydroelectric power plant (HPP) today, the source at presidentís executive
office said. According to him, President Emomali
Rahmon is also expected to visit the Roghun site today.
As it had been
reported earlier, specialists are currently clearing two tunnels that had been
damaged in the 1990s.
This year, the
government has allocated 533 million somoni for the Roghun hydroelectricity project this year and Tajikistanís national budget for 2010 earmarks 650 million somoni
(equivalent to more than 148 million U.S. dollars) for the Roghun
We will recall
that Tajikistan in August 2007 formally revoked a contract with Russia's RusAl aluminum company for the construction of the Roghun HPP. The Tajik government accused the company
of failing to fulfill the contract signed in 2004. Tajik authorities and RusAl became bogged down in the hydroelectric plant's dam
model and height, crucial factors in its capacity.
In April 2008, Tajikistan founded open joint-stock company with an authorized capital of 116
million somoni for completing the construction of the
Roghun station. Tajik authorities also plan to
create an international consortium to complete the construction of the Roghun power station.
The 3,600 MWt Roghun hydroelectric power plant is to generate 13 billion kWh of electricity per
year. The plant's completion would substantially increase sales of
electricity to neighboring Afghanistan, China, and Pakistan.