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$2bn 'world's tallest dam' for Iran

China signs $2bn contract to help Iran construct record-breaking dam

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China to help Iran build world's tallest dam. (Getty Images)
China to help Iran build world's tallest dam. (Getty Images)

Chinese and Iranian officials have signed a $2 billion contract to build the world’s tallest arc concrete dam in the country’s western province of Lorestan, the Islamic Republic News Agency has reported.

Dubbed the Bakhtiari Dam, at 315 metres high it would hold Iran’s largest reservoir – more than eight billion cubic metres of water – and the project is also expected to support a 1500MW hydroelectric power station.

The ten-year project will be engineered and constructed by Sinohydro Corporation, a Chinese state-owned hydropower engineering firm.
 

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