Iran Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi says the Islamic Republic will soon begin construction of a second hydropower plant in northern Tajikistan.
“The project for the construction of the Ayni power station on the Zeravshan River in north Tajikistan will soon be commenced by Iran,” Salehi told reporters on Friday.
He added that the agreement for the launch of the project was reached during his talks with the Tajik President Emomalii Rahmon, on the sidelines of the 11th ministerial meeting of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue in Dushanbe.
Salehi said Iranian experts have previously carried out the feasibility study and other technical tests of the project and the construction will start once the joint Sangtuda-2 project has become operational in the country’s south, he added.
Sangtuda-2, which was completed with the assistance of Iran through USD 220 million of investment, includes a dam and a 220-megawatt hydropower plant on the Vakhsh River in Tajikistan’s province of Khatlon.
Iran invested USD 180 million in the construction of the power station, which is to become operational at full capacity later this week.