Iran sees 18 new dams in operation by March

Deputy Energy Minister Rasoul Zargar announced 18 new dams are to be completed by March 19, marking the end of Iran’s calendar year.

Iran’s Islamic Republic News Agency said Zargar told reporters at an August 5 gathering in Lorestan Province that the dams, both large and small, would add 2.5 billion cubic meters of water to national reserves.

Deputy Power Minister Ali Youssefpur said in April that 88 large dams are under construction with a capacity of 10 billion cubic meters.

Iran’s Khorasan Razavi Regional Water Authority currently is recruiting contractors to build the two-dam Bar Dam project on the Bar River, 23 kilometers northwest of Neyshabur in Khorasan Razavi Province. (HNN 7/30/07)

In May, Iranian officials said they expected to sign a US$2 billion deal with China for construction of 10 dams in Iran. Zargar also said Iran’s cabinet budgeted US$1 billion to build irrigation infrastructure. (HNN 5/2/07)

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