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Tajikistan: Final preps underway for launch of world’s future largest hydroelectric dam04:23

Tajikistan: Final preps underway for launch of world’s future largest hydroelectric dam

Tajikistan, Rogun
November 15, 2018 at 21:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Final preparations for the launch of the first turbine of Tajikistan's Rogun hydroelectric dam were well underway on Thursday.

When complete, the Rogun rockfill dam is expected to be 335 metres tall (1,099 feet), making it the largest in the world. President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon will launch the first turbine during a ceremony on Friday. When all six turbines turbines come online, the facility will generate a total of 3,600 megawatts of power.

"It is a unique hydroelectric station, not everyone is capable of constructing such a structure in the mountains," Senior Engineer Sherali Imomaliev said.

The project itself can trace its roots back to the 1959, with ground being broken in 1976. However, following the collapse of the Soviet Union the project suffered numerous setbacks. With the assistance from Italian company Salini Impregilo, the project is back on track. Tajikistan is a net exporter of energy, with its main buyers being neighbouring countries Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

Tajikistan: Final preps underway for launch of world’s future largest hydroelectric dam04:23
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Final preparations for the launch of the first turbine of Tajikistan's Rogun hydroelectric dam were well underway on Thursday.

When complete, the Rogun rockfill dam is expected to be 335 metres tall (1,099 feet), making it the largest in the world. President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon will launch the first turbine during a ceremony on Friday. When all six turbines turbines come online, the facility will generate a total of 3,600 megawatts of power.

"It is a unique hydroelectric station, not everyone is capable of constructing such a structure in the mountains," Senior Engineer Sherali Imomaliev said.

The project itself can trace its roots back to the 1959, with ground being broken in 1976. However, following the collapse of the Soviet Union the project suffered numerous setbacks. With the assistance from Italian company Salini Impregilo, the project is back on track. Tajikistan is a net exporter of energy, with its main buyers being neighbouring countries Afghanistan and Uzbekistan.

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