8 September 2008 – Iran’s Energy Ministry plans to construct dams and power plants in 10 countries, the deputy energy minister for water and wastewater affairs said.
The BBC reported that the Sangtudeh dam and its 220 MW power plant in Tajikistan is one of the projects, said Rasul Zargar, Iran is also involved in a joint venture with Azerbaijan for building a dam and hydropower plant, he said, adding that the projects feasibility studies have been finished.
Preliminary studies for the construction of a dam and hydropower plant on the Aras River in Armenia are being conducted, Zargar stated. The ground has been broken in a project to construct a power plant in Sri Lanka at an estimated cost of $520m, he said.
The ministry also plans to build power stations in Syria and Iraq, he noted. Iran has already built the Dusti dam northeast of Mashhad near the Turkmenistan-Iran border, the Anzab tunnel in Tajikistan, a wind power plant in Armenia, and the Iran-Armenia gas pipeline, he stated.
Similar projects are underway in Pakistan and Mali, Zargar mentioned.
A letter of agreement has recently been inked with Turkey based on which Turkish investors will participate in the construction of a hydropower plant in Iran and will use the generated electricity in the BOT (build, operate, transfer) method.