Iran: Ready To Invest In Construction Of Small Hydropower Plants

Courtesy of the Iran Project, a report on Iran’s interest in investing in hydropower projects in the Central Asian region:

Iran is ready to invest in the construction of small hydropower plants. Plenipotentiary Ambassador of Iran to Kyrgyzstan Ali Mojtaba Ruzbehani said at a meeting with chairman of the State Committee for Industry, Energy and Mining Duyshenbek Zilaliev, press service of the committee reported.

According to the Iranian ambassador, the trade and economic relations between Kyrgyzstan and Iran do not correspond to the level that prevailed in the political sphere. He noted that the trade turnover between the two countries amounted to less than $ 30 million.

As the Ambassador said, the large Iranian companies were ready to invest in the construction of small hydropower plants and small reservoirs. However, according to him, there is a number of fundamental issues that hinder the development of bilateral relations: interbank communication is not organized, issuance of visas is delayed and there is no direct Bishkek – Tehran flight.

Duyshenbek Zilaliev promised to inform the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the problems that hinder business.

“We are ready to offer Iran attractive projects. As you know, Kyrgyzstan has one of the most liberal tax regimes in the region,” the head of the state committee said.

In addition, Kyrgyzstan is interested in development of relations in the spheres of oil and gas processing, textile and food production.

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As the scarcity of water and energy continues to grow, the linkage between these two critical resources will become more defined and even more acute in the months ahead.  This blog is committed to analyzing and referencing articles, reports, and interviews that can help unlock the nascent, complex and expanding linkages between water and energy -- The Watergy Nexus -- and will endeavor to provide a central clearinghouse for insightful articles and comments for all to consider.

Educated at Yale University (Bachelor of Arts - History) and Harvard (Master in Public Policy - International Development), Monty Simus has held a lifelong interest in environmental and conservation issues, primarily as they relate to freshwater scarcity, renewable energy, and national park policy.  Working from a water-scarce base in Las Vegas with his wife and son, he is the founder of Water Politics, an organization dedicated to the identification and analysis of geopolitical water issues arising from the world’s growing and vast water deficits, and is also a co-founder of SmartMarkets, an eco-preneurial venture that applies web 2.0 technology and online social networking innovations to motivate energy & water conservation.  He previously worked for an independent power producer in Central Asia; co-authored an article appearing in the Summer 2010 issue of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, titled: “The Water Ethic: The Inexorable Birth Of A Certain Alienable Right”; and authored an article appearing in the inaugural issue of Johns Hopkins University's Global Water Magazine in July 2010 titled: “H2Own: The Water Ethic and an Equitable Market for the Exchange of Individual Water Efficiency Credits.”