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Iran inaugurates new dams

Source: ISNA; photos by Islamic Republic News Agency

Iran inaugurated two dams in Golestan Province, northeastern Iran, on Monday in a ceremony attended by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. 'Kaboudwal' Dam and 'Zaringol' Diversion Dam as well as a water transfer tunnel carrying Zaringol's water to the main dam were opened in the ceremony. The projects cost $12,500,000.

Kaboudwal dam

Kaboudwal Dam provides water for industrial purposes and irrigation of agricultural lands for about 10,000 hectares. It can be used for flood control, establishing recreation and tourism facilities near the dam and making job opportunities.

Kaboudwal with the capability of storing 17 mcm of water can arrange for 50 mcm of water annually.

President Ahmadinejad inaugurating the Kaboudwal dam

Iran is a leading country in dam construction and many countries, including Sri Lanka, Syria, and Tajikistan as well as several African states, have entered either dam construction or consultation projects with Tehran.

In July 2012, Iran inaugurated its highest roller-compact concrete (RCC) dam in the Southwestern province of Khuzestan in a ceremony attended by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

President Ahmadinejad inaugurated the Upper Gatvand Dam, which is located five kilometers from the city of Gatvand and has the country's second largest reservoir after the Karkheh Dam.

Earlier this year, Managing-Director of Iran's Water Management Company Mohammad Haj-Rasouli praised Iran's eye-catching progress in area of dam construction in recent decades, saying Iran is now among the world's top dam-builders and enjoys the most advanced technology in the field.

Iran is among five major dam-constructor countries in the world, Haj-Rasouli said in Southern city of Bandar Abbas in February, and added that the country has currently 145 operational dams with the total capacity of 50 billion cubic meters.

Referring to the fact that dry and semi-dry climate has dominated some 75 percent of Iran's soil, he said that during the past decade, the country has faced severe climate situation and lack of rainfalls.

However, he added that the crisis was successfully overcome to some extent through appropriate management and planning.

Iran is now viewed as a leading country in dam building. Iranian specialists now provide consultation services for the design and construction of various dams in different sizes.

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