The Nurek Dam
is a man-made embankment on a deep gorge along the River Vakhsh.
That will make it the tallest dam of any kind in the world, surpassing the 300-meter earthen Nurek Dam
in Tajikistan and the 285meter concrete Grande Dixence Dam in Switzerland.
Power for Tursunzade arises at the Nurek dam
on the Vakhsh River, 160 km to the north where there are ten turbines of 300 MW each, or a combined installed capacity of 3,000 MW.
Tajikistan has started idle discharge of water from the Nurek dam
, the Tajik energy holding Barki Tojik said.
Rogun HPP is located at a distance of around 110 km from Dushanbe, a short stretch upstream of the existing Nurek dam
and power plant.
The objectives of the Nurek Hydropower Rehabilitation Project for Tajikistan are to rehabilitate and restore the generating capacity of nine power generating units at Nurek hydropower plant, improve their efficiency, and enhance the safety of the Nurek dam
The Rogun dam, just as Nurek dam
, is designed as a rockfill dam with a clay core.
Tajikistan's Vakhsh River is already home to the next contender and the largest earth-filled embankment dam, the Nurek Dam
, which was completed in 1980 when Tajikistan was still a republic of the Soviet Union
In the case of Tajikistan, this meant securing Moscow's commitment to the construction of the giant Nurek Dam
as the first step toward the industrialization of southern Tajikistan.
* Enable the project to withstand a Probable Maximum Flood in a manner that would safeguard the entire Vakhsh cascade, including the Nurek dam