49 Reservoir Dams Operational Next Year
Deputy Energy Minister for Water Affairs Reza Ardekanian stated that the figure equaled 58 percent of big reservoir dams that were made operational during past 45 years
TEHRAN -- Iran will put into operation forty nine big reservoir dams in the next Iranian calendar year (starting March 2005), a deputy minister of energy announced yesterday. Deputy Energy Minister for Water Affairs Reza Ardekanian stated that the figure equaled 58 percent of big reservoir dams that were made operational during past 45 years. "At present, 244 dams are being studied or implemented of which 88 dams are being built and 160 dams are being studied," he noted. Deputy minister stated that there were 13 operational reservoir dams in 1998, which increased to 33 by 1996. He noted that 85 more additional reservoir dams will also be built in the future. Ardekanian said 65 percent of the country's total hydropower capacity was installed since 1997. "About 103,239 hectares drainage and irrigation network will be implemented this year through 30 projects," he noted. Referring to cloud seeding project, Ardekanian said the project was carried out through different methods in the world and more than 40 countries implemented it with different goals. He said Iran started cooperating with water and meteorological observatory in Russia in 1998 in relation to cloud seeding and the operations were carried out in border regions.