China to help build Iran’s 450-MW Rudbar Lorestan

Iran and China signed an agreement October 15 for joint construction of the 450-MW Rudbar Lorestan hydroelectric project in Lorestan Province, Iran.

Iran Deputy Energy Minister Rasoul Zargar and Chinese Ambassador Leo Jen Tung signed the agreement at Tehran, the official Islamic Republic News Agency said.

The 310 million euro (US$440.3 million) contract calls for SEPASAD Engineering Co. of Iran and CGGC of China to complete construction of the Rudbar Lorestan (also spelled Roudbar Loresstan) dam and powerhouse in 52 months. Iranian banks are to provide 51 percent of the financing, while Chinese financial institutions are to provide the remainder.

Work includes construction of a 180-meter-tall, 1.1 million-cubic-meter, roller-compacted-concrete dam; a reservoir of 228 million cubic meters; a hydropower plant containing two 225-MW vertical Francis turbine-generators with a head of 442 meters; water tunnels; and a 400-kilovolt substation.

The project is located in the upper reaches of the Dez River Basin in the Zagros Mountains. Water will be diverted through a three-kilometer headrace tunnel into an adjacent valley to twin steel penstocks and a powerhouse on the Alkan River.

In June, Finland-based Poyry received a 7 million euro (US$9.39 million) contract to provide contractors engineering services to Rudbar Lorestan. (HNN 6/19/07) Under a contract from SEPASAD, Poyry offices in Switzerland, Austria, and Iran are to provide construction design and support during construction of the dam and headrace tunnel.

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