Iranian companies to invest in Tajikistan's power plant projects
TEHRAN, Iran, Dec.3
Tajikistan's Minister of Energy and Water Resources Osman Ali Osmanzadeh invited Iranian private sector to participate in construction of small and medium hydroelectric power plants and strategic power lines in the country, Trend reports citing IRNA.
At a meeting with Head of Iran Water and Power Resources Development Company Behrouz Moradi, the Tajik Energy Minister said that the projects are financed via international grants or low-cost international loans,
Osmanzadeh noted the works on completing Anzob tunnel in Tajikistan by Iran Water and Power Resources Development Company.
The Anzob tunnel is a 5,040 m long tunnel located 80 km northwest of Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe, at the height of 2,720 m. It is a part of the M34 highway and connects the Tajik capital to the country's second largest city, Khujand. The tunnel was opened in 2006 despite being only partially finished and it quickly gained the reputation as being one of the world's most dangerous tunnels.
In 2014, Iranian government signed an agreement on completing the tunnel, which was reopened in late 2015. The tunnel saves drivers at least four hours when traveling between Dushanbe and Khujand and allows travelers to avoid having to pass through Uzbekistan.