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Musatepe Dam

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Country  Turkey
Status  Under construction
Height  34 m
Construction began  2008
Purpose  Water supply, military
Impounds  Ortasu River
Owner  State Hydraulic Works
Musatepe Dam
Location  Uludere, Şırnak Province
Type of dam  Gravity, roller-compacted concrete
Construction cost  24.64 million USD (TL38,500,000, Combined cost with Çetintepe Dam)
People also search for  Balli Dam, Aslandağ Dam, Kavşaktepe Dam, Çetintepe Dam, Silopi Dam, Silvan Dam, Ilısu Dam

The Musatepe 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, Ozerka Insaat began construction on the dam in 2008 and a completion date has not been announced.

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The reported purpose of the dam is water storage and it can also support a 9 MW hydroelectric power station in the future. 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, Balli and Kavşaktepe Dams downstream of the Musatepe Dam and the Çetintepe Dam 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.

References

Musatepe Dam Wikipedia


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