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Darunta Dam

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Country  Afghanistan
Opening date  1960
Impound  Kabul River
Status  Operational
Impounds  Kabul River
Darunta Dam photoswikimapiaorgp0001391545bigjpg
Location  Jalalabad, Nangarhar Province
Purpose  Irrigation and electricity
Owner  Ministry of Energy and Water
Similar  Naghlu Dam, Band‑e Sardeh Dam, Chaki Wardak Dam, Dahla Dam, Qargha Reservoir

The Darunta Dam is a hydroelectric power dam located on the Kabul River, approximately 7 km west of Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar Province in eastern Afghanistan.

Map of Darunta Dam, Afghanistan

Darunta Dam was constructed by Soviet Union (USSR) companies in 1964 and its power station contains three vertical Kaplan turbines (six-blade propeller) with a rated output of 3.85 MW each. Originally, the dam supplied 40 to 45 megawatts of electrical power but silting and damage to the system during the Afghan civil war has reduced its actual output to 11.5 megawatts. The plant is currently in very poor condition and requires major rehabilitation including possible replacement of all three turbines.

ANHAM was contracted by USAID to perform the rehabilitation of the Darunta Hydroelectric Power Plant. Rehabilitation is in progress and expected completion date was 31 January 2012. On 4 March 2013 Wadsam reported that USAID suspended aid to the project due to the failure of Governor Gul Agha Sherzai in fulfilling his promise to finance 10% of the total cost of the USD 11mn project.

References

Darunta Dam Wikipedia


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