Rehabilitation work to begin at Qairokkum hydropower plant in Tajikistan

WCN Editorial Team 26 Aug 2019 ASIA ENERGY & UTILITIES

The European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has agreed to provide financial assistance for rehabilitation work at Tajikistan’s Qairokkum hydropower plant.

EBRD has organised a provide financing package of $196m (£160m), which will support the rehabilitation work to improve the country’s electricity supply. The work is the culmination of a programme that began in 2014.

Other financers for the project include the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Climate Investment Funds’ Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience, Austria and the United Kingdom. The government of Austria is also funding technical cooperation support.

The financing includes $88m from EBRD, $37m from EIB, $50m from GCF, $21m from Climate Investment Funds and a grant to Barki Tojik, the state-owned power utility. This funding will help in modernising the 60-year old hydropower plant, which generates enough electricity for 500,000 people.

The finance will be used for concrete dam works, installation of hydraulic steel components, turbines and electromechanical equipment for the six hydropower units.

Full rehabilitation is expected to increase the plant’s installed capacity from 126MW to 174MW. The upgrade will also introduce new climate resilient measures, which will allow the plant to cope with expected climate change impact on the country’s hydrological systems.

The rehabilitation measures will also support in assessing and managing climate-related risks by introducing best international practices from countries such as Canada.

Last September, EBRD supported the country in developing a modern road interchange project in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe. The project will benefit the population of the capital with shorter travel times and new transport solutions.

The project is a three-level road which will reduce travel times through the city centre and will offer relief from congestion, while improving ecological solution.

Expected to be used by more than 18,000 vehicles per hour, the new road interchange was an integral part of the Dushanbe - Uzbekistan border road improvement project jointly financed by the EBRD with $62.5m (£51m) and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank with $27.5m (£22m).

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Image: Qairokkum hydropower plant. Photo: Courtesy of the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.

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