Dukan Dam

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Dukan (Dokan) Dam
Dokan Dam.jpg
Dukan Dam is located in Iraq
Dukan Dam
Location of Dukan (Dokan) Dam in Iraq
Location As Sulaymaniyah Governorate, Iraq
Coordinates 35°57′15″N 44°57′10″E / 35.95417°N 44.95278°E / 35.95417; 44.95278Coordinates: 35°57′15″N 44°57′10″E / 35.95417°N 44.95278°E / 35.95417; 44.95278
Status Operational
Construction began 1954
Opening date 1959
Operator(s) Ministry of Water Resources, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Cylindrical arch
Impounds Little Zab
Height 116.5 m (382 ft)
Length 360 m (1,180 ft)
Elevation at crest 516 m (1,693 ft)
Width (crest) 6.2 m (20 ft)
Width (base) 34.3 m (113 ft)
Dam volume 370,000 m3 (480,000 cu yd)
Spillways 2
Spillway type Service: Tunnel
Emergency: Bell-mouth
Spillway capacity Service: 2,450 m3/s (86,521 cu ft/s)
Emergency: 1,860 m3/s (65,685 cu ft/s)
Creates Lake Dukan
Total capacity 6,970,000,000 m3 (5,650,671 acre·ft)[1]
Active capacity 6,100,000,000 m3 (4,945,350 acre·ft)
Inactive capacity 790,000,000 m3 (640,463 acre·ft)
Catchment area 11,690 km2 (4,514 sq mi)
Surface area 270 km2 (104 sq mi)
Normal elevation 511 m (1,677 ft)
Power station
Commission date 1979
Hydraulic head 95 m (312 ft) (rated)
Turbines 5 x 80 MW Francis-type[2]
Installed capacity 400 MW

The Dukan Dam (Central Kurdish: بەنداوی دووکان‎) is a multi-purpose concrete arch dam in As Sulaymaniyah Governorate, Iraqi Kurdistan. It impounds the Little Zab, thereby creating Lake Dukan. The Dukan Dam was built between 1954 and 1959 whereas its power station became fully operational in 1979. The dam is 360 metres (1,180 ft) long and 116.5 metres (382 ft) high and its hydroelectric power station has a maximum capacity of 400 MW.

Project history[edit]

Emergency bell-mouth spillway

The Dukan Dam was built between 1954 and 1959 as a multi-purpose dam to provide water storage, irrigation and hydroelectricity.[3] The design for the dam was carried out by the British engineering company Binnie & Partners[4] (with Partner and third generation Binnie engineer Geoffrey Binnie the key engineer).[5] Prior to the flooding of Lake Dukan, the area has been subjected to archaeological research to investigate as many archaeological sites as possible. An archaeological survey in the Ranya Plain documented some 40 archaeological sites with evidence for occupation ranging from the sixth millennium BCE up to the present. Five of these sites were then excavated: Tell Bazmusian, ed-Dem, Kamarian, Qarashina and Tell Shemshara. The excavations at Tell Bazmusian revealed a temple dating to the second millennium BCE.[6] At Tell Shemshara, an early-sixth millennium BCE village was excavated, as well as an early-second millennium BCE palace with a small archive of clay tablets.[7][8] The inhabitants of some 50 villages in the flooded area, around 1,000–1,200 families, were resettled to the west of the lake.[9] The power station was designed in 1973 by the Russian company Hydroproject and became operational in 1979. Due to lack of maintenance and repairs, the power station has underperformed and is now, after 30 years of service, due for replacement.[4][10] In 2007, the World Bank began a US$40 million project to repair the Dokan and Darbandikhan Dams. Repairs to the Dokan Dam are expected to cost over $8 million and be complete in late 2012.[11]

Characteristics of the dam[edit]

Newly installed Italian made control unit for turbine 1 installed 2010

The Dukan Dam is a multi-purpose concrete arch dam abutted by gravity monoliths. It is 360 metres (1,180 ft) long and 116.5 metres (382 ft) high. At its base it is 32.5 metres (107 ft) wide, tapering off to 6.2 metres (20 ft) at the top.[9][12] The combined maximum discharge of the dam is 4,300 cubic metres (150,000 cu ft) per second. This is divided over a spillway tunnel with three radial gates having a combined maximum discharge of 2,440 cubic metres (86,000 cu ft) per second, and an emergency bellmouth spillway with a capacity of 1,860 cubic metres (66,000 cu ft) per second. Two irrigation outlets with a combined discharge of 220 cubic metres (7,800 cu ft) per second have not been operated over the last ten years. The powerhouse of five Francis units at 80 MW each releases between 110 and 550 cubic metres (3,900 and 19,400 cu ft) per second.[12] Lake Dukan, the reservoir created by the Dukan Dam, has a surface area of 270 square kilometres (100 sq mi). Its anticipated capacity is 6.8 cubic kilometres (1.6 cu mi) with a maximum of 8.3 cubic kilometres (2.0 cu mi).[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dokan and Derbendikhan Dam Inspections". World Bank. 31 July 2006. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Iraqi Dam Assessments" (PDF). Iraq: United States Army, Corps of Engineers. 6 June 2003. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  3. ^ Kliot, Nurit (1994). Water Resources and Conflict in the Middle East. Milton Park: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-09752-5. 
  4. ^ a b Fink, A.K.; Ostrizhnov, I.D. (1984). "Dokan hydroelectric station in Iraq". Power Technology and Engineering 17 (10): 519–522. doi:10.1007/BF01425181. 
  5. ^ Muir Wood, Sir Alan (1990). Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society: Geoffrey Morse Binnie (13 November 1908 - 5 April 1989). London: Royal Society. pp. 45–57. 
  6. ^ Al-Soof, Behnam Abu (1970). "Mounds in the Rania Plain and excavations at Tell Bazmusian (1956)". Sumer 26: 65–104. ISSN 0081-9271. 
  7. ^ Eidem, Jesper; Læssøe, Jørgen (2001). The Shemshara archives 1. The letters. Historisk-Filosofiske Skrifter 23. Copenhagen: Kongelige Danske videnskabernes selskab. ISBN 87-7876-245-6. 
  8. ^ Mortensen, Peder (1970). Tell Shimshara. The Hassuna period. Historisk-Filosofiske Skrifter 5, 2. Copenhagen: Kongelige Danske videnskabernes selskab. OCLC 562453801. 
  9. ^ a b c Jwaideh, Albertine (1996). "Dukan Dam". In Simon, Reeva S.; Mattar, Philip; Bulliet, Richard W. Encyclopedia of the modern Middle East. New York: Macmillan Reference. pp. 587–588. ISBN 0-02-896011-4. 
  10. ^ "Dokan and Derbandikhan Emergency Hydro Power Project" (pdf). www.krg.org. 2006. Retrieved 11 February 2011. 
  11. ^ "Dokan and Derbandikhan Emergency Hydro Power Project" (PDF). Implementation Status & Result. World Bank. Retrieved 27 February 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Iraqi Ministries of Environment, Water Resources and Municipalities and Public Works (2006). "Annex III: Main water control structures (dams and water diversions) and reservoirs". New Eden Master Plan for integrated water resources management in the marshlands areas. New Eden Group.