Karakaya Dam

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Karakaya Dam
Karakaya dam-GAP.jpg
Karakaya Dam is located in Turkey
Karakaya Dam
Location of Karakaya Dam
Location Euphrates, Turkey
Coordinates 38°13′40″N 39°08′20″E / 38.22778°N 39.13889°E / 38.22778; 39.13889Coordinates: 38°13′40″N 39°08′20″E / 38.22778°N 39.13889°E / 38.22778; 39.13889
Opening date 1987
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Arch-gravity dam
Impounds Euphrates River
Height 158 m (518 ft)
Height (foundation) 173 m (568 ft)
Length 462 m (1,516 ft)
Total capacity 9.5 km3 (7,700,000 acre·ft)
Power station
Turbines 6 × 300 MW
Installed capacity 1,800 MW

The Karakaya Dam is one of the 21 dams of the Southeastern Anatolia Project of Turkey, built on the Euphrates River and completed in 1987. The hydroelectric dam generates power with six units of 300 MW, totalling the installed capacity to 1,800 MW.

Conflict with Iraq and Syria[edit]

The Euphrates River is an important water source for both Syria and Iraq, and both countries expressed concerns about the Karakaya Dam construction project. A treaty guaranteed a minimum water flow of 500 m3 (18,000 cu ft) through the dam.[1]

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