Alaköprü Dam

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Alaköprü Dam
Alaköprü Barajı Talsperre.JPG
Alaköprü Dam is located in Turkey
Alaköprü Dam
Location of Alaköprü Dam
Country Turkey
Location Anamur, Mersin Province
Coordinates 36°10′53.05″N 32°53′44.55″E / 36.1814028°N 32.8957083°E / 36.1814028; 32.8957083Coordinates: 36°10′53.05″N 32°53′44.55″E / 36.1814028°N 32.8957083°E / 36.1814028; 32.8957083
Purpose Water supply, power
Status Operational
Construction began November 2, 2010
Opening date March 7, 2014
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, concrete-face rock-fill
Impounds Anamur (Dragon) Creek
Height 93 m (305 ft)
Length 385.40 m (1,264 ft)
Dam volume 2,008,000 m3 (2,626,365 cu yd)[1]
Spillway type Controlled chute, two radial gates
Spillway capacity 893.50 m3/s (31,554 cu ft/s)
Total capacity 130,500,000 m3 (105,798 acre·ft)
Active capacity 86,500,000 m3 (70,127 acre·ft)
Inactive capacity 44,000,000 m3 (35,671 acre·ft)
Catchment area 210.90 km2 (81.43 sq mi)
Power station
Commission date January 2015 est.
Type Conventional
Installed capacity 26 MW
Annual generation 111.27 GWh

Alaköprü Dam (Turkish: Alaköprü Barajı) is a concrete-face rock-fill dam on the Anamur (Dragon) Creek in Anamur district of Mersin Province, southern Turkey. The development is backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works (DSİ). The dam was primarily built as part of the Northern Cyprus Water Supply Project, to supply drinking and irrigation purposes to Northern Cyprus.[2][3][4]

Preliminary construction on the dam began on November 2, 2010 and the official groundbreaking took place on March 7, 2011. After the completion of the 560 m (1,840 ft) long diversion tunnel, construction of the dam started on August 9, 2012 with placement of the foundation.[4][5] The dam was completed on schedule, on March 7, 2014.[6] The dam's 26 MW hydroelectric power station is expected to be commissioned in January 2015.[7]

Up to 75,000,000 m3 (61,000 acre·ft) water from the dam's reservoir, which makes more than half of its capacity, will be transferred to Geçitköy Dam in Northern Cyprus via a 80 km (50 mi) pipeline crossing the Mediterranean Sea under 250 m (820 ft) depth.[4][5]

Part of the populated places in the area such as the villages Sarıağaç, Akine, Çaltıbükü and Ormancık will be submerged in the reservoir of Alaköprü Dam.

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  1. ^ "Alaköprü Dam and HEPP" (in Turkish). Boyut Group. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Alaköprü Barajı İnşaatı" (in Turkish). Ak-Eli İnşaat. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  3. ^ "Alaköprü Barajı". Haber Anamur (in Turkish). 2012-10-12. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  4. ^ a b c "Alaköprü Barajı Su Derivasyonu Merasimi" (in Turkish). DSİ. Retrieved 2012-10-13. 
  5. ^ a b "Alaköprü Barajı’nda Derivasyon İşlemine Başlanıyor" (in Turkish). DSİ. 2012-08-09. Retrieved 2012-11-03. 
  6. ^ "TRNC Water Supply Project giant step" (in Turkish). Anadolu Ajansi. Retrieved 22 December 2014. 
  7. ^ "Alaköprü DAM and HPP". Boyut Group. Retrieved 22 December 2014.