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The Kandadji irrigation and hydropower project on the Niger River, 180km north-west of Niamey, was launched in 2008 with an initial target completion date of 2017. The scheme forms part of a wider programme under the supervision of the High Commission for the Development of the Niger Valley (HCAVN), which aims to improve water supply for agriculture and reduce seasonal variations in the flow of the river. The dam construction contract was initially awarded to Russia’s Zarubezhvodstroy in September 2010.