Batman Dam

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Batman Dam
Batman Dam is located in Turkey
Batman Dam
Location of Batman Dam in Turkey
Official name Batman Baraji
Location Batman, Turkey in Batman Province
Coordinates 38°17′28.47″N 41°01′24.84″E / 38.2912417°N 41.0235667°E / 38.2912417; 41.0235667Coordinates: 38°17′28.47″N 41°01′24.84″E / 38.2912417°N 41.0235667°E / 38.2912417; 41.0235667
Purpose Power, irrigation
Status Operational
Construction began 1986
Opening date 1999
Owner(s) State Hydraulic Works
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, earth and rock-fill
Impounds Batman River
Height 74 m (243 ft)
Length 510 m (1,673 ft)
Elevation at crest 670 m (2,198 ft)
Width (crest) 12 m (39 ft)
Width (base) 300 m (984 ft)
Dam volume 4,000,000 m3 (3,243 acre·ft)
Spillway type Service, controlled-chute
Spillway capacity 8,200 m3/s (289,580 cu ft/s)
Creates Batman Reservoir
Total capacity 1,175,000,000 m3 (953,000 acre·ft)
Active capacity 738,000,000 m3 (598,000 acre·ft)
Inactive capacity 447,000,000 m3 (362,000 acre·ft)
Catchment area 4,105 km2 (1,585 sq mi)
Surface area 49 km2 (19 sq mi)[1]
Maximum length 15 km (9.3 mi)
Normal elevation 665 m (2,182 ft)
Power station
Commission date 1998 est.
Hydraulic head 61.8 m (203 ft) (gross)
Turbines 3 x 62 MW, 1 x 5.7 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity 160 MW

Batman Dam is one of the 22 dams of the Southeastern Anatolia Project of Turkey, built on the Batman River, north of Batman, in southeastern of Turkey. It was constructed between 1986 and 1999. There is a hydroelectric power plant, established in 1998, at the dam, with a power output of 191.7 MW. The dam is designed to service an irrigation area of 37,744 ha (93,270 acres). The Silvan Dam is located upstream.

In 2006, heavy flooding of the Batman river required the operation of the Robin spillway to provide relief for the Batman dam [1]


  1. ^ "Ilisu Dam Environmental Impact Assessment" (PDF). State Hydraulic Works. 2005. pp. TABLE 2–6 (PDF pgs. 118–119). Retrieved 21 May 2013. 

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