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Salini to build world’s tallest dam in Tajikistan

Salini Impregilo has signed an agreement to build the world’s tallest hydroelectric dam in Tajikistan

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Picture for illustrative purpose only.
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By John Bambridge

Italian construction group Salini Impregilo has signed an agreement for the development of a $1.95bn first phase hydroelectric power project in Tajikistan to include a dam that, at 335m high, will be the tallest in the world.

The first phase, signed with Tajikistan’s state energy firm Rogun Hydropower, will see the 335m-high dam structure constructed using rockfill techniques on the Vakhsh River, in the country’s mountainous Pamir region.

Once completed, the Rogun Hydropower Project will include six turbines and produce 3,600MW – as much as three medium-size nuclear power stations, and will double Tajikistan’s energy production.

Its aim is to reduce winter power shortages in the country and assist agricultural irrigation efforts, while, significantly, the project will also provide spare power for sale to Pakistan and Afghanistan

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