ROGUN THE DAM OF RECORDS INAUGURATED IN TAJIKISTAN

After more than 60 years, Tajikistan inaugurated the first of six turbines of this hydroelectric plant named Rogun supposed to mitigate the energy crisis that strikes the country. The Republic of Tajikistan is a mountainous, landlocked country in Central Asia bordered by Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and China to the east. In September 1991 the country became an independent sovereign nation when the Soviet Union disintegrated. The Rogun Hydropower Plant is being constructed on the upper reaches of the Vakhsh River in the Pamir mountain ranges, with peaks that surpass 7,000 metres above sea level. It is situated 110 Km from Dushanbe. The dam is expected to reach a height of 335 metres (1,099 feet) in a decade, becoming the world's tallest hydro-electric dam. The project includes the embankment dam, hydraulic diversion tunnels of 1,100 to 1,500 meters, an underground powerhouse with six units, balance of plant and auxiliary equipment. There will be six turbines in the Rogun HPP, each with capacity of 600 megawatt, making the total power generation capacity of 3600 megawatt. The commissioning of the first turbine is mostly be symbolic in nature because it will take 3-5 years for the dam to fill to the level that will make it possible to run the turbine efficiently. The total dam capacity will take 12-15 years to fill. The idea is to have two of the six turbines start producing energy for sale to raise funding to complete it. The second turbine is expected to start producing electricity by 2019. Construction of the dam began in the Soviet era, in 1976, but was abandoned after the collapse of the Soviet Union. In October 2004, Tajikistan signed an agreement with Russia's RusAl aluminum company, according to which RusAl agreed to complete the Roghun facility and rebuild the Tursunzoda aluminum smelter. In August 2007, Tajikistan formally revoked the contract with RusAl, accusing it of failing to fulfill the contract. In 2016, construction duties on Roghun were assigned to Italian construction conglomerate Salini Impregilo. It is estimated that the project will cost $3.9 billion to complete. (Source: Rogun HPP, Tractebel, Wiokipedia, Salini Impregilo)

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