Tajikistan’s 4-billion mega dam could begin operations in November

Vastavam web: Tajikistan’s 4-billion mega dam, intended to be the tallest in the world, could begin operations in time for a holiday honouring President Emomali Rakhmon in November, state media said today.State television said the first turbine in the Rogun hydroelectric dam could come online in November, quoting Pietro Salini, chief executive of the Italian company Salini Impregilo that has been contracted to oversee the project.There have been calls by public figures in the country to rename the dam, planned to be 335 metres tall — which would make it the tallest hydroelectric dam in the world — after Rakhmon.

A former collective farm chief who consolidated control over Tajikistan following a five-year civil war that ended in 1997, Rakhmon jumped behind the wheel of a bulldozer to kickstart work on the project in 2016.Tajikistan regularly suffers power blackouts in winter.It also views the Rogun dam as an opportunity to export electricity across the region.But the Italian company managing the project said it may be a decade before it reaches its full capacity of 3,600 megawatts.