Tajik Rogun project impact assessment can be delayed
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 8 / Trend E. Kosolapova/
Swiss company Poyry, which carries out the assessment of environmental and social impacts of Tajik Rogun hydroelectric power plant, plans to ask Tajik Government to extend the term of the work.
According to the head of Poyry's expert group Robert Svalen, the expert team is behind of schedule and it is necessary to revise the schedule of research work.
Thus, Tajik Government and the World Bank, financing the Rogun project assessment, will hold negotiation the next week to determine the final date of completion of the assessment work, Asia-Plus reported referring to Ozodi radio (Tajik service of radio Liberty).
Rogun is one of the planned hydropower plants of Vakhsh Cascade in southern Tajikistan. Its power capacity is planned at 3,600 MW.
Neighboring country of Tajikistan - Uzbekistan - stands against of Rogun HPP construction. According to Uzbekistan, the Rogun's future dam can break due to the earthquakes, which frequently took place in the region. However, Tajikistan says these fears are groundless and the country has several dams working safely in such conditions.