Kavşaktepe Dam

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Kavşaktepe Dam
Kavşaktepe Dam is located in Turkey
Kavşaktepe Dam
Location of Kavşaktepe Dam in Turkey
Country Turkey
Location Uludere, Şırnak Province
Coordinates 37°23′36.77″N 42°52′07.58″E / 37.3935472°N 42.8687722°E / 37.3935472; 42.8687722Coordinates: 37°23′36.77″N 42°52′07.58″E / 37.3935472°N 42.8687722°E / 37.3935472; 42.8687722
Purpose Water supply, military
Status Under construction
Construction began 2008
Construction cost US$43,840,000 (TL68,500,000)[1]
Owner(s) State Hydraulic Works
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Gravity, roller-compacted concrete
Impounds Ortasu River
Height 66 m (217 ft)
Length 268 m (879 ft)
Elevation at crest 1,060 m (3,478 ft)
Width (crest) 8 m (26 ft)
Dam volume 315,250 m3 (412,331 cu yd)
Spillway type Overflow
Inactive capacity 19,050,000 m3 (15,444 acre⋅ft)
Catchment area 143.5 km2 (55 sq mi)
Surface area 904 m2 (0 acres)
Normal elevation 1,059 m (3,474 ft)
Power Station
Installed capacity 1.57 MW (max. planned)[2]

The Kavşaktepe Dam is a gravity dam under construction on the Ortasu River (a tributary of the Hezil River) in Uludere district of Şırnak Province, southeast Turkey. Under contract from Turkey's State Hydraulic Works, Be-Ha-Se Insaat began construction on the dam in 2008 and a completion date has not been announced.[2]

The reported purpose of the dam is water storage and it can also support a 1.57 MW hydroelectric power station in the future.[2] Another purpose of the dam which has been widely reported in the Turkish press is to reduce the freedom of movement of Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) militants. Blocking and flooding valleys in close proximity to the Iraq–Turkey border is expected to help curb cross-border PKK smuggling and deny caves in which ammunition can be stored. A total of 11 dams along the border; seven in Şırnak Province and four in Hakkâri Province were implemented for this purpose. In Şırnak they are the Silopi, Şırnak, Uludere and Balli Dams downstream of the Kavşaktepe Dam and the Musatepe and Çetintepe Dams upstream on the Ortasu River. In Hakkari are the Gölgeliyamaç (since cancelled) and Çocuktepe Dams on the Güzeldere River and the Aslandağ and Beyyurdu Dams on the Bembo River.[3][4][5][6]

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  1. ^ "Kavsaktepe Dam construction tender". DGMarkets. 2008. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c "DSI 10 REGIONAL OFFICE - Diyarbakir" (in Turkish). State Hydraulic Works. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Terror Down" (in Turkish). Posta. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  4. ^ "Planned to be completed in the second dam on the border against the PKK" (in Turkish). Hurriyet. 26 October 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Dams Prevent Smuggling at the Border" (in Turkish). Aktif Haber. 5 May 2013. Archived from the original on 10 May 2013. Retrieved 1 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "Water retention dams began operation against PKK" (in Turkish). CNNTurk. 23 August 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2013.