Iranian built Sangtuda 2 Hydropower Plant inaugurated in Tajikistan
Tue Sep 6, 2011 1:59AM
Laleh Yunus Akhuonova, Press TV, Dushanbe
At an official ceremony, Tajik president Emomali Rahmon and his visiting Iranian counterpart Mahmoud Ahmadinejad inaugurated the first unit of the Iranian built Sangtuda 2 Hydropower Plant over the Vakhsh River in south of Dushanbe on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Tajikistan's independence.
Sangtuda 2 HPP which is a hydroelectric power plant is believed to be a significant milestone in achieving energy independence for Tajikistan, the country that had experienced severe energy shortages since its independence from the ex-Soviet Union in 1992.
The construction of Sangtuda-2 HPP commenced during the Soviet Union period in the 1980s, but was suspended in the beginning of the 1990s due to lack of financial resources.
On June 11, 2005, Tajikistan and Iran signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build the Sangtuda-2 HPP. Iran has so far provided over 180 million US dollars for the construction of Sangtuda 2 dam and hydropower plant which will produce 220 megawatts of electricity a year after full commissioning.
Iran and Tajikistan have recently accelerated strengthening their energy and economic cooperation and observers believe that the good achievements gained from mutual cooperation should be deemed as a result of the efforts made by the two countries' leaders.
Experts say Tajikistan's industrial development and economic stability will only be secured once it has a strong hydropower infrastructure and reliable electricity trading partners in the region.