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Minister: Tajikistan's Sangtoudeh-II Power Plant to Open in Nowrouz as Planned.

Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Tajik Deputy Minister of Energy & Industries Poulad Mohyeddinov said that the second phase of Tajikistan's Sangtoudeh-II power plant is scheduled to come online during the upcoming Nowrouz festivities.

Nowrouz, which coincides with the first day of spring on the solar calendar, is mostly celebrated in Iran, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. This year March 21 coincides with the first day of Nowrouz.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon will officially inaugurate Tajikistan's Sangtoudeh-II concurrent with Nowrouz festivities.

"The construction of Sangtoudeh-II hydropower plant is in its final stage and the second cycle of this plant will become operational during Nowrouz festivities," Mohyeddinov told FNA on Sunday.

Meantime, he said that the Tajik Electricity Company is due to pay its overdue debts to Sangtoudeh-II power plant in 2013.

Last month, the Iranian embassy in Dushanbe in a letter to Tajik Electricity Company asked it to pay back its 12-milion-dollar overdue debt to Iran.

Sangtoudeh-II power plant has the capacity to produce 220 megawatts of electricity. It will increase Tajikistan's annual electricity output to 1bln kilowatt/hours.

Iran has contributed $180bln to construction of Sangtoudeh-II and Tajikistan's share is $40bln. The power plant's construction work began on September 5, 2011 at the presence of the Iranian and Tajik presidents.

Sangtoudeh-II is located 120 km Southeast of the Capital city of Dushanbe.

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Date:Mar 17, 2013
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