China to Build Hydro Power Plant in Tajikistan

China will build a US$300 million hydroelectric power plant in neighbouring Tajikistan to help alleviate frequent energy shortages in the Central Asian nation, Tajik Energy Minister Sherali Gul said on Wednesday. The agreement was reached during talks between Chinese leader Hu Jintao and Tajik President Imomali Rakhmon, he said. Hu is in Tajikistan for the Thursday summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. Gul said the planned power plant, Nurobad-2, would have capacity of between 160 and 200 megawatts.