Tajik prez: Sangtudah-2 dam, a beginning for cooperation with Iran
Tajik President Imomali Rahmon said the construction of Sangtudah-2 hydropower plant is just a beginning for further cooperation with Iran in building hydropower plants, IRNA reported.
He said the companies jointly set up by the two countries are still working on other projects including a number of power plants.
The Tajik president made the remarks while talking to IRNA after a ceremony in which, he and Iran's Energy Minister Majid Namjou opened construction of the Sangtudah-2 hydropower plant on Sunday.
They pressed buttons which detonated explosives, blocking the Vakhsh River, a tributary of the Amu-Darya River.
He said the dam and the power plant will generate close to one million kilowatts of electricity per annum upon implementation which will enable the country to provide four hours more of electricity.
President Rahmon further stressed on the importance of the Sangtudah-2 dam for his country, noting that Tajikistan was suffering from shortage of electricity power.
Iran is helping fund construction of Sangtudah-2 and a number of Iranian engineering companies are involved in designing and construction of the project.