Ukraine seeks stake in Tajikistan’s 3,600-MW Rogun

The Ukraine government wants to take part in the construction of Tajikistan’s 3,600-MW Rogun hydroelectric project, Central Asia’s largest, Ukraine President Viktor Yushchenko said.

Tajikistan previously invited all interested parties to join the project and Russia’s former power monopoly Unified Energy Systems has indicated its interest.

“I have decided that Ukraine will take part in the international consortium that will finish the construction of the Rogun hydro power plant,” Yushchenko said during a visit to Tajikistan in March.

Ukraine Fuel and Energy Minister Yuriy Prodan told Tajik media that Ukraine had supplied the uncompleted Rogun with two hydroelectric turbines in the early 1990s. He said his country should continue the cooperation and supply another four units to the project on the Vakhsh River. Prodan said Ukraine planned to participate in tendering for the new hydropower units.

Tajikistan, Central Asia’s poorest state, estimates the cost of completing Rogun at between US$1.3 billion and US$3.2 billion.

The government of Tajikistan called for expressions of interest in January from consultants to perform feasibility and environmental-social studies of Rogun. (HNN 12/20/07)

Construction of Rogun began in 1980 but stalled at the end of the Soviet era. The original project included a 335-meter-tall dam, reservoir and six 600-MW generating units to be built in two stages. Most of the site preparation and 60 to 70 percent of the underground works — access tunnels, penstocks, diversion and outlet tunnels, and chambers for turbines and transformers — have been completed.

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