Modernization of Nurek Hydroelectric Station in Tajikistan

The Nurek hydro-electric station in Tajikistan is currently undergoing capacity expansion and modernization for a period of 10 years.

As part of the modernization plan, the hydropower plant will undergo maintenance of three of its electricity generating units, replacement of six autotransformers and safety enhancement, to name a few.

Deputy Chief Engineer of Nurek, Anvar Kiramadinov said the plant’s capacity will be increased by 12%, producing 3,300 megawatts of electricity after the completion of the modernization process.

“The modernization of the plant will begin this year. The main and auxiliary equipment of the Nurek hydro-electric station have been operating for over 40 years,” he said.

The expansion and modernization of Nurek will ensure Tajikistan as the largest electricity supplier to other Central Asian countries.

Nurek’s current capacity is 3,000 megawatts while its annual power generation is estimated at 11.2 billion kilowatts/hour. The volume of the reservoir amounts to 10.5 billion cubic meters.

The hydro-electric station used to be the highest dam in the world, standing at 300 meters high until China operates its Jinping-I Dam in 2013.

The construction of Nurek started in the early 1960s. Its first turbine began operating in 1972. Nurek is one of the 11 hydro-electric power stations in Tajikistan.

Currently, 60% of Central Asia water reserves are in Tajikistan.