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Tajik firm to start work on Nimroz dam

Tajik firm to start work on Nimroz dam

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Aug 10, 2011 - 18:13

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): The acting water and energy minister signed on Wednesday an agreement with a Tajik company for the construction of the first phase of the Kamal Khan dam over Helmand River in southwestern Nimroz province.

The Tajik company, Tadas, was chosen as a result of open bidding that was attended by eight local and international firms.  The agreement was signed between Minister Muhammad Ismail Khan and Tadas head, Noor Ali Niyazov.

Khan said the first phase of the project included construction of a 3,700-metre water reservoir and installation of three gates at the dam. The project is estimated to cost almost $10 million to be provided by the Afghan government.

Work on the dam's design had been started some 50 years ago, but could not be completed due to instability and war. Khan said Afghan engineers would complete the design.

Niyazov said the first phase would take a year to complete. The dam would be completed in three phases at a cost of almost $100 million.

The dam would have the capacity to irrigate 80 hectares of land, besides producing 8.5 megawatts of electricity, according to Ismail Khan. He did not say when the dam would be completed.

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