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19-07-2014, 15:30

Fifth Round of Consultations on Rogun Assessment Studies

Avesta.Tj | 19.07.2014 | The fifth round of consultations concerning construction of the Rogun dam with participation of government officials from riparian countries (Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan) took place in Almaty from July 14 to 18.


 

According to the World Bank (WB) representation, the attendees of the meeting discussed the draft Techno-Economic Assessment Study (TEAS) Phase II Summary Report and the draft Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA).


The reports discussed this week are the draft final reports of the Assessment Studies, which were prepared by an international consultant consortium led by Coyne & Bellier for the TEAS and by Poyry Energy Ltd. for the ESIA.


 

The topics covered in these reports and discussed during the riparian meetings include dam safety, water management and reservoir operation, economic and financial analysis, implementation and risks, environmental and social impacts, impact on riparian countries, analysis of alternatives, and others.


 

The fifth consultation and comment period closes on July 29, 2014. The Assessment Studies for the proposed Rogun HPP are then planned to be finalized in August, after comments from riparian governments and civil society stakeholders have been carefully considered.


 

According to the draft consultants’ reports and the independent Panels of Experts, it is feasible to build and operate a dam at the Rogun site within modern international norms but contingent on incorporating the experts’ recommendations on modifying the original design, implementing the mitigation measures, and establishing monitoring systems throughout the life of any future project.


 

At the request of the Central Asian governments, the World Bank is working to ensure that the two ongoing Assessment Studies – the Techno-Economic Assessment Study (TEAS) and Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) – are objective, meet international technical standards, and are informed by a consultative process among riparian governments and civil society groups. To this end, the World Bank has sought input and review by riparian countries at key points during the study process. Four information-sharing sessions have been held (May 2011, November 2012, February 2013, October 2013) to share emerging analysis from the interim assessment studies and solicit feedback. The final set of consultations and information sharing will take place from June 17 to July 29, 2014.


 

The purpose of the assessment process has been to help establish objective, independent, and comprehensive facts for all stakeholders. While the Assessment Studies provide a critical input for determining whether the proposed Rogun dam will be built, a variety of other factors such as trans-boundary water management and financing would need to be considered before the future of the proposed Rogun project is decided. The World Bank has made no financial commitment to support construction of the proposed dam.





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