On 9 September the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, H.E. Emomali Rahmon visited Roghun to participate in the launch ceremony of Second Unit of the Roghun Hydropower Plant.
The Prime Minister of Tajikistan H.E. Qohir Rasulzoda, Mayor of Dushanbe Rustam Emomali, Director of the Open Joint Stock Company of ‘Roghun Hydropower Plant’ Khayrullo Safarzoda and other officials met the President at the temporary airport located near the construction site.
More than 140 local and foreign journalists, reputable international news agencies from the United States, Italy, Germany, Russia, Japan, United Kingdom, China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan and other countries covered this historical event.
The president was given a familiarization tour of the construction processes in CT-4 deviation tunnel, spillway tunnel of T-9, air trunk and tunnel, trunk of the turbine of the first unit, construction camp of 5A and exit of the deviation tunnel of CT-3 in the site. He inspected the quality of works in the diversion tunnel of CT-4 in the plant construction site.
After acquaintance with the work done at the site of the hydropower station, President Rahmon officially launched the second unit of the Rogun Hydropower Plant. Thus, another important and momentous event occurred in the history of sovereign Tajikistan and took a firm step towards achieving complete energy independence.
The ceremony was attended by the employees of the plant, activists, scientists, youth and veterans of the plant. When the second unit was commissioned, the electricity generated was also transferred to the general power grid of the country.
The Rogun Hydropower Plant is the largest unit of the Vakhsh River Hydroelectric Power Plant with six aggregates, each with a capacity of 600 megawatts. Rogun will be the largest hydropower plant in the region with a capacity of 3,600 megawatts (over 17 billion kWh). This number is one and a half times more than the production capacity of the Norak HPP.
Development of the energy sector will play a key role in the consistent economic development of Tajikistan, especially in the implementation of the fourth national goal — rapid industrialization of the country.
About 60 percent of the water resources of Central Asia are formed in the territory of Tajikistan, and the country ranks 6th in the world in terms of production of “green energy” from renewable sources.
The Head of State stressed that “We intend to use this fundamental resource, which is one of the central prerequisites for the formation of a “green economy”, in the interests of the country and region”