Kığı Dam

Kığı Dam is a rock-fill embankment dam on the Peri River (a tributary of the Euphrates) in Bingöl Province, Turkey. Its primary purpose is hydroelectric power generation and is the first dam in the Peri River cascade, serving as the headwaters. Construction began in 1998 and is backed by the Turkish State Hydraulic Works. When commissioned, it will support a 180 MW power station. Water from the reservoir will be diverted to an underground power station downstream via an 8.5 km (5.3 mi) long tunnel.[2] In August 2015, suspected Kurdistan Workers' Party militants set fire to three cement trucks associated with the dam construction site.[3] In January 2016, the dam was completed and the reservoir began to impound water.[4]

Kığı Dam
Kigi baraji.jpg
Kığı Dam is located in Turkey
Kığı Dam
Location of Kığı Dam in Turkey
Official nameKığı Baraji
Coordinates39°22′06″N 40°21′07″E / 39.36833°N 40.35194°E / 39.36833; 40.35194Coordinates: 39°22′06″N 40°21′07″E / 39.36833°N 40.35194°E / 39.36833; 40.35194
StatusDam complete; reservoir impounding
Construction began1998
Opening date2006
Owner(s)Turkish State Hydraulic Works
Dam and spillways
Type of damEmbankment, rock-fill
ImpoundsPeri River
Height (foundation)170 m (558 ft)
Height (thalweg)150 m (492 ft)
Width (crest)585 m (1,919 ft)
Dam volume23,000,000 m3 (30,082,864 cu yd)
Spillway capacity4,500 m3/s (158,916 cu ft/s)
Total capacity1,200,000,000 m3 (972,856 acre⋅ft)
Surface area8.35 km2 (3 sq mi)[1]
Kığı HES
Coordinates39°18′3.76″N 40°22′17.09″E / 39.3010444°N 40.3714139°E / 39.3010444; 40.3714139
Commission date2016 (est.)
Turbines3 x 60 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity180 MW[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Bingol Regional Office" (in Turkish). State Hydraulic Works. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Kigi Dam and HEPP". Ozaltin. Archived from the original on 8 May 2012. Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  3. ^ "PKK burned cement truck" (in Turkish). Ulusal Kanal. 26 August 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2015.
  4. ^ "Begun at the Impoundment Dam Kiğı" (in Turkish). Haberler. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 16 February 2016.
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