President Emomali Rahmon, who is currently on his official visit to Italy, yesterday met in Rome with WeBuild Group Chief Executive officer (CEO), Pietro Salini, according to the Tajik president’s official website.  

The parties reportedly discussed issues related to cooperation regarding the progress of construction of the Roghun hydropower plant (HPP) in Tajikistan. 

Emomali Rahmon, in particular, expressed his opinion on the issues of construction of the power plant dam, which he observed during his working trips.

The Tajik president’s official website says confidence was expressed that the company's management would mobilize all its capabilities to implement work plans on time.

Milan-based WeBuild Group CEO, for his part, reportedly informed Tajik leader about the fulfillment of obligations and the progress of construction work.

The parties also exchanged views on other issues of cooperation, acceleration of work and effective use of existing capabilities and resources.

Recall, WeBuild (formerly Salini Impregilo) has been contracted to implement the Roghun hydropower project.   

The first two generating units of the Roghun hydropower plant were introduced into operation in November 2018 and September 2019.  The third unit is expected to be introduced into operation in 2025.  

The hydropower plant is expected to have six turbines with combined capacity of 3600 MW.  When complete, it is expected to produce 17.1 terawatt-hour (tWh) of electrical work per year.

If built as planned, the Roghun hydropower plant is expected to end chronic power shortages in Tajikistan and allow it to export electricity to neighboring countries.