ArmInfo.On July 28, a meeting was held under the chairmanship of Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, at which the project for the construction of the Kasp reservoir was discussed. The press service of the RA government reports.
According to the source, the project is estimated at 60 million euros and is planned to be implemented in cooperation with the German bank KFW. Currently, two options for the construction of the reservoir are being discussed. The capacity of the Kaps Reservoir will be 60 million cubic meters with a 51 meter long dam. The project provides for the construction of auxiliary structures of the Kaps reservoir dam, equipping of hydrological observation points of the Akhuryan River (from the Arpi reservoir to the Akhuryan reservoir), the construction of additional stations, the creation of a centralized database (SCADA system). There will be an opportunity to replace mechanical irrigation of 2,280 hectares of land with gravity irrigation, which will save 1.3 million kWh of electricity per year. With the construction of the reservoir, it will become possible to expand the irrigated area by 7 thousand hectares in the Talin region. The project is scheduled to start in 2021 and complete in 3.5 years.
Nikol Pashinyan emphasized the importance of providing consumers with water and effective management of water resources, noting the need for consistent work in this direction.
To remind, earlier KfW Bank provided Armenia with a loan of 50 million euros and a grant of 2 million euros for the implementation of the program for the construction of the Kaps reservoir. The funds were provided for a period of 15 years with a 5-year grace period at a fixed credit rate. Financial resources will be used to restore the Kaps reservoir and re-equip its infrastructure. In particular, for the completion of work on the reconstruction of a 25 million cubic meter reservoir on the Akhuryan River, which will make it possible to use this resource exclusively for irrigation purposes.