The Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Dr. Bekir Pakdemirli, Turkey's second largest irrigation dam said that the completion of body filler.
Minister Pakdemirli stated that, with the commissioning of the Silvan Dam, an important step will be taken in order to reach the irrigation targets of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) in the region, “Silvan Dam is the front face of our country and Europe with its 175,5 meters height and 8,7 million m³ body. "it will be the highest dam of concrete lined dam type.
Important Threshold Exceeded
Emphasizing that an important threshold has been left behind in the dam and the body filling has been completed, Minister Pakdemirli continued as follows: Silvan Dam is the largest and most important component of the Silvan Project, one of the most important projects of the GAP. It will be the second largest dam after the Dam. Within the scope of the 7,3-stage Silvan Project, the amount of water supplied to irrigation from the Silvan Dam reservoir will increase at each stage, while the electrical energy produced at the Silvan Hydroelectric Power Plant will decrease. Thus, over time, energy production will decrease from 3 million kilowatt-hours to 4 million kilowatt-hours, while the water supplied to irrigation will increase to 681 million m88,41.
Will Contribute 1,91 Billion TL to the Economy Annually
Minister Pakdemirli, who said that with the commissioning of the project completely, a total area of 1.689.920 decares, 661.310 decares of which is attractive and 2.350.580 decares of pumping, will meet with water, “Thus, approximately 305 thousand people will be employed, and 1,91 billion TL will be contributed to the economy per year”.
Getting Target Dam Ready to Impound by Early 2021
Underlining that the total cost of the Silvan Project is 2020 billion lira at 13,25 prices, Minister Pakdemirli said, "We aim to complete the front face concrete production of this huge dam, which we have completed the body filling by exceeding an important threshold, by the end of 2020, and to make the dam ready to hold water in the beginning of 2021" he finished his words.