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Tajikistan says $4bn dam to open in November
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
Tajikistan's $4-billion mega dam, intended to be the tallest in the world, could begin operations in time for a holiday honouring President Emomali Rakhmon in November, state media said on Thursday. State television said the first turbine in the Rogun hydroelectric dam could come online in November, quoting Pietro Salini, chief executive of the Italian company Salini Impregilo that has been contracted to oversee the project. There have been calls by public figures in the country to rename the dam, planned to be 335 metres tall (1,099 feet) -- which would make it the tallest hydroelectric dam in the world -- after Rakhmon. read more
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