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Iran begins construction of 1,500-MW Bakhtiari Dam project

Construction of the massive Bakhtiari Dam is now officially under way thanks to an inauguration of the project by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad earlier this week.

The dam, which developer Iran Water & Power Resources Developer Co. (IWPC) said will be the largest double arc dam in the world when completed, will have a height of 1,033 feet and a length of 1,424 feet when completed.

The US$1.5 billion project will impound the Bakhtiari River within the Zargos Mountains and is also slated to include a 1,500 MW hydroelectric powerhouse.

HydroWorld.com reported in March 2011 that Iran had entered into a deal with China's Sinohydro Corporation for construction of the project.

Iranian officials were also reported to have signed an agreement with the Armenian National Assembly in February that will allow for the construction of two new hydroelectric plants along the Aras River.

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