Tajikistan's has launched a new hydroelectric station that had been vehemently opposed for years by the late leader of neighboring Uzbekistan.
News ID: 4939
Date: 18 November 2018 - 15:22
Tajikistan's President Emomali Rahmon has launched a new hydroelectric station that had been vehemently opposed for years by the late leader of neighboring Uzbekistan.
At a large ceremony on November 16 at the Roghun power plant, The President pressed a red button to switch on the plant's first of six planned turbines.
Other top Tajik officials and foreign guests attended the ceremony in the Central Asian nation's south.
Dushanbe hopes the 3.9 billion dollars project built on the Vakhsh river will not only make the country energy self-sufficient, but plans to export some of its output to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Uzbekistan.
The project was launched in the late 1970s but halted after the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991.
Construction restarted in late October 2016, less than two months after the announced death of Karimov, the long-term president of neighboring Uzbekistan.
Karimov opposed the project, saying the dam would reduce water flows to Uzbekistan's cotton fields.
Last year, Tajikistan raised 500 million dollars from an inaugural international bond offering to help finance the construction, which is being carried out by an Italian company, Salini Impregilo.
Dushanbe hopes to generate money to finance further construction at the plant after its starts producing energy.