Cizre Dam

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Cizre Dam
Cizre Dam is located in Turkey
Cizre Dam
Location of Cizre Dam
Official name Cizre Baraji
Location Cizre, Şırnak Province, Turkey
Coordinates 37°21′47″N 42°09′17″E / 37.36306°N 42.15472°E / 37.36306; 42.15472Coordinates: 37°21′47″N 42°09′17″E / 37.36306°N 42.15472°E / 37.36306; 42.15472
Purpose Power, irrigation
Status Proposed
Owner(s) State Hydraulic Works
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, earth-fill
Impounds Tigris River
Height 46 m (151 ft)
Length 740 m (2,428 ft)
Elevation at crest 409 m (1,342 ft)
Width (crest) 15 m (49 ft)
Width (base) 190 m (623 ft)
Dam volume 3,300,000 m3 (2,675 acre·ft)
Spillway type Service overflow, controlled-chute
Spillway capacity 18,700 m3/s (660,384 cu ft/s)
Creates Cizre Reservoir
Total capacity 360,000,000 m3 (290,000 acre·ft)
Active capacity 208,000,000 m3 (169,000 acre·ft)
Inactive capacity 152,000,000 m3 (123,000 acre·ft)
Catchment area 38,295 km2 (14,786 sq mi)
Surface area 21 km2 (8.1 sq mi)[1]
Max. length 40 km (25 mi)
Normal elevation 404.4 m (1,327 ft)
Power station
Hydraulic head 36 m (118 ft) (gross)
Turbines 3 x 80 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity 240 MW

The Cizre Dam is a proposed dam on the Tigris River north of Cizre, Turkey. The Cizre Dam is to be built in conjunction and downstream of the Ilisu Dam. The Cizre Dam is also one of the planned dams of Turkey's Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP). The purpose of the Cizre Dam is irrigation, hydro-power and to control the tailwaters of the Ilisu Dam.

A tender for the Cizre Dam was unsuccessfully issued in May 2008 but another issue on 15 May 2014 left Zorlu Energy as the winning bidder.[2][3] The Cizre Dam will have a hydro-power capacity of 240 MW and will provide irrigation for 121,000 hectares.[4]


  1. ^ "Ilisu Dam Environmental Impact Assessment". State Hydraulic Works. 2005. pp. TABLE 2–3 (PDF pgs. 112–113). Retrieved 20 May 2013. 
  2. ^ "Cizre dam will destroy thousands of years of history turns out to tender" (in Turkish). DİHA - Dicle News Agency. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Zorlu Energy, Cizre Dam and HEPP projects that result in their favor for the tender announced" (in Turkish). Borsa Gundem. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Turkey: Completion of Cizre Dam Tender Will Earn Treasury $3.2 Billion". Memri Economic. 1 January 2008. Retrieved 12 May 2014.