A Major Step Taken Forward For Water Supply Project Of Turkish Republic Of Northern Cyprus (KKTC)

Şubat 05, 2015

A critical threshold for Water Supply Project has been exceeded. The project will provide water to Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus via pipeline under Mediterranean Sea. The Alaköprü Dam, which is an integral element of the project, completed and it started to retain water on 26th January.


75 Million Cubic Meter Water To Transfer In One Year

Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu, Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs, stated long-term water demand of TRNC will be satisfied with 75 million m3 water to be supplied from Alaköprü Dam built on Anamur Dragon River. Water will be transferred to Geçitköy Dam in the vicinity of Kyrenia.

84 Thousand Decares Of Land To Irrigate In Anamur

Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu emphasized that Alaköprü Dam, which has storage capacity of 130,5 million cubic meter, is the basic part of the project. The foundation of the dam was laid on 7th March 2011 during the term of office of the then Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who is the current President of the Republic of Turkey. 

In addition to supply drinking water to TRNC with Alaköprü Dam, 84 thousand decares of land will be irrigated by using modern technology and also farmers living in Anamur will also benefit from Alaköprü Dam.


25 Km Of Pipeline Under The Sea Already Completed

Prof. Dr. Eroğlu emphasized that a critical threshold has been exceeded after retaining water in Alaköprü Dam. Eroğlu also stated “the construction of land structures on both Turkey and Cyprus was completed”. 25 km of pipeline, totally 80km, has been laid down under the sea.

For The First Time In The World

Minister of Forestry and Water Affairs, Prof. Dr. Veysel Eroğlu expressed this type of undersea crossing will be the first in the world and pipeline is being constructed via suspension system at 250 meters depth.


Commissioning Date 20 July

Prof. Dr. Eroğlu defines water supply project to TRNC as an extraordinary and one of the biggest and most important projects of this century. Mr. Minister concluded his remarks by saying that we, hopefully, complete the project whose total cost is 1.255 billion TL, until 20 July of this year.