80 days after the inception of impounding operation of Iran's highest concrete dam , more than 1 / 2 billion cubic meters of water was stored in the reservoir of Karun 4 Dam.
According to a report released by IWPCO' PR, the executive manager of Karun 4 project announced that : "In last 80 days more than 1 / 2 billion cubic meters of water was stored in the lake of Karun 4 Dam."
Eng. Ranjbaran asserted that currently over 54 percent of the useful volume of Karun 4 Dam's reservoir is filled.
Stating that up to this point, the storage of water by Karun River was impressive, he mentioned:" The reservoirs of Karun 3 and Karun 1 dams, located in the downstream of Karun 4 Dam, are now filled, as a result the possibility of generating hydroelectric power by Karun dams' basin is higher than the preceding year, though dear compatriots have to consider economical ways of power consumption, especially in the peak hours."
"If the impounding operation of the dam was not undertaken in the beginning of Iranian current year (started in March), the optimum use of over one billion cubic meters of Karun River's water was not possible and the volume of water would have been released in the Persian Gulf," he underlined.
Appreciating the efforts undertaken by the consulting engineers of Mahab Qods in precise evaluation of Karun 4 Dam's condition, the official cited:"The condition of Karun 4 Dam is fully under control and with enjoying the good consultant and in a completely safe atmosphere the impounding operation of the dam was carried out with minimal risk in spring.
The executive manager of Karun 4 project predicted that if the watering operation follows the same process, launching operation of Karun 4 power plant units will be finalized by March.
Currently, the water stored in the reservoir of Karun 4 is equivalent to 178 meters which is more than 86 percent of the useful height of the dam.
Karun 4 Dam, with 230 meters height, is considered as the highest double arch concrete dam in the country.
Aiming to balance the water of Karun River by 3.7 billion cubic meters per year, as well as generating 2100 GWH hydro power energy annually, Karun 4 Dam was constructed.
Impounding of Karun 4 Dam was launched in the presence of president Ahmadinejad in Aprils and for the time being the gates of the dam are closed in a bid to store water downstream areas, as well as power generation .
Karun 4 Dam is located in Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari Province, within 180 km southwest of Shahre Kord city. The dam is constructed across Karun River.