Grishk Dam

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The Grishk Dam is a dam and power plant on the Helmand River, located in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

It was built by the United States in 1945 for the Helmand Valley Authority for hydroelectric power.[1] The dam is an example of one of the 20th century projects to modernize Afghanistan.

A 2003 technical journal noted that the Grishk power plant was commissioned on an irrigation canal in 1945, and had two damaged and obsolete 1.2 megawatt units which would cost US$3 million to repair.[2]

In 2005, a group of twenty Taliban fighters were captured by a joint US-Afghan operation in their attempt to blow up the dam.[3]


  1. ^ "Maulawi Hassan is basically an unknown in any reference I looked through. Difficult to say he is another Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.". 2009-03-29. Retrieved 2009-11-24. 
  2. ^ International Commission on Large Dams; International Association for Hydraulic Research; International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (2003). International journal on hydropower & dams. Aqua-Media International. p. 99. Retrieved 1 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Violence in Afghanistan on eve of election -- The Independent". The Independent. London. [dead link][dead link]

Coordinates: 31°11′16″N 64°12′13.9″E / 31.18778°N 64.203861°E / 31.18778; 64.203861