Nurek Reservoir

The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Nurek Reservoir

 

a reservoir formed by the dam of the Nurek Hydroelectric Power Plant on the Vakhsh River in the Tadzhik SSR. Filling of the reservoir began in 1972. Area, 98 sq km; volume, 10.5 cu km; length, 70 km; maximum width, 1 km; average depth, 107 m. The level of the reservoir fluctuates within a range of 53 m. It provides seasonal regulation of the water flow. Regulation of the flow of the Vakhsh and a 300-m rise in the water level will make possible additional irrigation of about 1 million hectares of fertile land in the Karshi and Kzyl-Kum steppes and on the Dangara Plateau, and also improvement of navigation conditions on the lower Vakhsh and the Amu Darya.

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Together with the Rogun hydropower plant, which is under construction and located upstream of the Nurek reservoir, this project will optimize water storage management on the Vaksh river cascade, ensuring a significant increase in electrical energy production by the Nurek hydropower station as well as meeting the changing grid demands.
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Increasing the volume of electricity supplies this year will allow to reduce the discharge of water from the Nurek reservoir.
Water resources in Nurek reservoir and increase of water flow on Vakhsh River may allow to remove the restrictions in nearest time, the company noted.
Considering existing water reserves in Nurek reservoir, electricity supply to rural population has been reduced to 6-8 hours a day.
The situation is getting worse due to drawdown of Nurek reservoir. By mid-February the reservoir can be drawdown to "dead volume" and problems with electricity will escalate, said the National Electric Networks.Such situation may lead to further unauthorized electricity overflows from other power systems of Tajikistan.