To increase the production of the region’s industrial and agriculture, Iran erected a sizable dam there.
Ebrahim Raeisi, the president of Iran, and important members of his cabinet were present for the opening ceremony of the Chamshir Dam on Monday.
The fifth-largest dam in Iran, Chamshir is situated in the provinces of Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad. It has a 50-square-kilometer reservoir that can contain up to 2.3 billion cubic meters of water when it is full.
The dam’s crest is 680 meters high, making it the tallest roller-compacted concrete (RCC) dam in Western Asia. It has a hydroelectric power system that produces 176 megawatts of electricity.
According to official statements, the government built the dam with 230 million euros from its Chinese assets in addition to domestic expenditures that were allotted for the project.
The dam will aid in the development of industrial and agriculture in three regions in southwest Iran, according to Iranian Energy Minister Ali Akbar Mehrabian.
He said that 70,000 hectares of agricultural area in a region where farming used to be negatively impacted by seasonal floods will be irrigated using water from Chamshir.
After persuading environmental advocacy groups that the project won’t harm the local ecosystem, Iran’s Energy Ministry approved the dam’s water-filling in January.
Despite the economic strain of American sanctions, Iran has recently completed several significant infrastructural projects.
While the government is selling less oil due to the sanctions, the projects have boosted manufacturing and agriculture.