Tajik minister provides update on 3,600-MW Rogun hydropower plant

Tajik Deputy Minister of Energy and Water Resources Poulod Muhiddinov affirmed the country’s commitment to the 3,600-MW Rogun hydropower project during a conference this week.

Utility company Barki Tojik invited expressions of interst from consultants for procurement and construction of Rogun (also spelled “Roghun”) in November 2012, though work on the project has not yet begun.

Muhiddinov said the project and the Central Asia South Asia Electricity Transmission and Trade Project (CASA 1000) are “strategic goals” for the country, which is actively trying to diversify its power generating fleet.

“Implementation of these projects will create the conditions for sustainable electricity trade between Central Asia’s countries of Tajikistan and Krgyzstan and the South Asian countries of Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Muhiddinov said.

Work on the Rogun plant began in 1980, but stalled at the end of the Soviet era. The World Bank Group committed to helping Tajikistan assess resumed work on the project in March 2009. The plant is among 10 hydropower projects that could ultimately dot the Vakhsh River Cascade.

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Michael Harris formerly was Editor for HydroWorld.com.

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