The Ilisu Dam is a major hydro-development project currently being undertaken by the Turkish Government near the village of Ilisu on the Tigris River, 65 km away from the Syrian border. 
The Ilisu dam is one of the 13 GAP dams that remains to be completed. Although plans for the dam were approved in 1982, the conflict between the central Turkish Government and the PKK delayed the start of construction until the late 1990s.  The project is centered around 135 meter high and 1820 meter long rockfill dam which will be constructed on the Tigris River and will generate 1200 MW of electricity. When the dam’s reservoir is filled it is expected to inundate a large area upstream, creating a reservoir with a surface area of approximately 313 km2 
The Ilisu dam will contribute hydropower to the region’s energy grid, while the water storage of the reservoir will serve irrigation needs. The dam may also help control the seasonal variation of the river’s flow, restricting flow during the flood season and releasing water in the dry season.
- ^ 1.0 1.1 The Corner House & the Kurdish Human Rights Project. (April 2007). “The Ilisu Dam: Downstream Water Impacts and Iraq”, report of Fact Finding Mission to Iraq, 29 March 2007, published by the Kurdish Human Rights Project. Accessible at http://www.khrp.org/index.php
- ^ BBC. (24 December 2008). “Insurers Halt Work on Turkish Dam”. Available at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/7798857.stm
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