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Iran, China to build world tallest dam

iran, china to build world tallest dam

Iran and China will ink a $2 billion contract to construct the tallest concrete dam in the world in the western Iranian province of Lorestan, an official says.

The managing director of Iran’s Water and Power Resources Development Company told IRIB on Sunday that the Chinese firm Sinohydro Corporation and Farab Iran Company will sign the cooperation deal to build Bakhtiari dam and power plant.

Mohammadreza Rezazadeh said that a delegation headed by Deputy Energy Minister Mohammadreza Attarzadeh has recently traveled to China and held negotiations on the financial resources of the project.

The official said that the two sides are scheduled to finalize the deal by March 15, and the construction operations will start in the next Iranian calendar year (to start on March 21).

The Bakhtiari Dam will be an arch dam on the Bakhtiari River within the Zagros Mountains. With a planned height of 315 meters (1,033 ft), the dam will withhold the largest reservoir of the country with a capacity of about 4.8 billion cubic meters.

The dam is planned to support a 1,500-megawatt hydroelectric power station.

Iran has constructed about 580 dams, with 137 more under construction and 546 planned.

The massive Karun-4 and Gotvand dams are among the major projects currently under construction in the country.

Source: presstv.ir

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