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23-01-2015, 18:01

Tajikistan hopes to achieve energy independence with Rogun hydropower plant


Avesta.Tj | 23.01.2015 |Tajik President Emomali Rahmon said on Friday that to achieve energy independence is strategically important for Tajikistan.



This "number one problem” would be resolved only after construction of the Rogun hydroelectric power plant will be finished, Rahmon said in his annual address to the Tajik parliament.


"In 2014, an assessment of our landmark project for construction of the Rogun hydropower plant, which lasted almost seven years under the auspices of the World Bank, was completed,” he noted.


He further added that the problem of energy deficit is believed to be resolved in the country with completion of construction work.


There are plans to build a number of medium-sized hydropower plants, besides the Rogun plant -- a project which had drawn severe criticism from several Central Asian countries.


In 2010, the World Bank undertook an independent assessment of the project to find out how safe it would be for all countries in the region.


The construction of Rogun hydropower plant was conceived in the Soviet Union in 1978 and was based on cooperation between Soviet republics.


In the post-Soviet period, cooperation dwindled and each country in the region has been pursuing its own water and energy policy.