On Friday, November 16, Tajikistan inaugurates a hydroelectric dam called to be the highest in the world, that of Rogoun, on the Vakhsh River. However, this inauguration concerns only the first phase and its current 75 meters height. Far from the 335 meters dreamed by President Emomali Rahmon. For if this dam is to help solve the serious energy problems of the former Soviet republic, the countryside has only a few hours of electricity a day in winter, it is mainly a ” national ” project for the Tajik authorities.
Tajikistan will put the dishes in large for the inauguration of the dam Rogoun. Because this project is the absolute priority of President Emomali Rahmon, who has been in power for 25 years. Rogoun is a ” national idea “, a project for which we mobilize all the resources of the country: finances, national pride, geopolitical orientations, industrial choices.
The date of inauguration of the first phase of Rogoun was not chosen at random: November 16 being also, in this country of 9 million souls, the ” day of the president “.
For the time being, the dam is only 75 meters high. But for issues of both productivity and prestige, Emomali Rahmon wants six more turbines and is 335 meters tall in the future. Which would make it the largest in the world, with a capacity of 3,600 MW? That’s enough to feed neighbouring Afghanistan and even Pakistan.
Problem: who will provide the perhaps 4 billion dollars that are missing to do this?