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Iran, Tajikistan sign MoUs on construction of 15 power plants

Dushanbe, Aug 3, IRNA -- Iran's Minister of Energy Habibollah Bitaraf said here Monday evening that Iran and Tajikistan signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) on construction of 15 hydro-electric power plants in Tajikistan.

Talking to reporters at the end of his three-day visit to Tajikistan, the Iranian minister said his ministry is to submit its proposals on implementation of the projects to the Tajik energy ministry within six months.

Tehran-Dushanbe talks on production and utilization of Tajikistan's water and energy resources will continue in the future, he added.

Voicing Iran's interest in transfer of Tajik electricity to the country, he said construction of power transmission line with the capacity of 400 kw via Turkmenistan is currently underway.

Measures are being taken to provide facilities for transfer of Tajik electricity to Iran in the next two years, Bitaraf further announced.

Bilateral technical and engineering cooperation, training Tajik experts and providing Tajikistan with needed equipment for its energy industry were among other issues discussed by the two sides, he added.

An Iranian delegation led by Bitaraf arrived in Dushanbe on Saturday for bilateral talks.

Meanwhile, a source in the Tajik energy ministry told Itar-Tass that under the agreement, Iranian specialists will build several small hydro power plants on tributaries of main Tajik rivers.

According to an agreement signed by the two sides last December, Iran agreed to participate in construction of the Sangtuda hydro power plant on the Tajik river of Vakhsh.

Construction work on the Sangtuda power plant began in 1987 but was suspended because of the civil war and the lack of necessary funds of up to 360.9 million dollars. The government funded the hydro power plant in 1996.

Iran and Tajikistan have decided to begin construction of the power plant by forming an international consortium and attracting other countries' credits.

Russian and Czech officials have recently announced their readiness to participate in construction of the power plant which is to generate, when completed, 670 mw electricity annually.

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