A $3.9 billion hydroelectric power plant has been inaugurated by Tajikistan. It is a huge project that will enable Tajikistan to overcome its local domestic energy shortages and export electricity to both Pakistan and Afghanistan.
The plant is built in Vakhsh River in southern Tajikistan. In the next ten years, it is expected to reach 335 m height. If it does it will become the tallest hydroelectric dam in the world. Of the six turbines, the first in the Rogun hydroelectric dam has gone online.
The power plant is expected to reach the capacity of 3600 megawatts. Once completed it will be equivalent to 3 nuclear power plants.
The dam will almost double the energy production for 9 million people living in the country. It will take Tajikistan out of the long-lasting energy deficit. Also, energy will be supplied to the neighboring nations including Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Uzbekistan.
Deputy Head Engineer Sukhrob Ochilov said, “I have been waiting for this moment. “Rogun coming online means the construction of new factories, economic progress, and jobs for our people.