Inside Tajikistan’s Energy-Aluminum Nexus

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Inside the Nurek hydropower station, built in the 1970s, an ornate mosaic features Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin.

The Soviet Union built Nurek, the tallest hydropower dam in the world, and Talco, the largest factory in what is now Tajikistan, as part of a single system in the 1970s. Aluminum smelting requires vast amounts of power.

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David Trilling is EurasiaNet's Central Asia editor.

Inside Tajikistan’s Energy-Aluminum Nexus

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