Referring to the characteristics of the dam, the president said the construction and completion of the project, which the foreigners claimed Iranians would never manage to accomplish by themselves, proves the high potential and high capabilities of the Iranian experts.
Terming as very significant the achievements of country in such areas as water, electricity, petrochemical industry, agriculture, biotechnology and nanotechnology, he said Iran has attained self-sufficiency in many fields and could even export them to foreign countries.
Earlier today, President Khatami inaugurated two power plants in the city of Izeh in the southwestern province of Khuzestan.
The two units, each with a capacity of generating 250 megawatts of electricity, will enhance the country's power generation capacity to 6,500 megawatts.
The projects which are parts of Karoun-3 dam and power plant, have been implemented by the Iranian experts with an objective of meeting a part of the country's need for electricity and also to collect flood waters in the province.
A total of rls 7,280 billion is needed to complete the whole project of which rls 6,480 billion has been spent on different phases of construction.
Once the power plants become operational, a 36 percent boost ill be witnessed in the nationwide generation of hydroelectric energy.
Karoun-3 dam is considered as one of the three major national hydroelectric power plants, whose annual revenue is estimated at 200 million dollars.
Over 500 experts and 5,700 employees have been involved in the project.
The Karoun-3 dam comprises eight 250-MW power generation units and its construction has been underway for the past nine years. The project is expected to be finalized before March 21, 2006.
Karoun-3 dam and power plant are being constructed over Karoun river near the city of Izeh in northern part of Khuzestan province in southwest Iran.
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