Sidi el Barrak Dam

The Sidi el Barrak Dam is an embankment dam centred 18 km (11 mi) northeast of Tabarak and 2 km (1 mi) from the Mediterranean Sea on the Oued Zouara River in the Beja Governorate, Tunisia. Constructed between 1994 and 2000, the primary purpose of the dam is water supply.[2] As part of the Sidi el Barrak Development Project water stored in the dam is pumped to the Seyjame Dam, at a rate of 265,000,000 m3 (214,839 acre⋅ft) annually. This water is supplied to Tunis, Cap Bon and the Sahel including Sfax for municipal use along with other agricultural purposes. The entire project was completed in 2002.[3]

Sidi el Barrak Dam
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Overhead of dam and reservoir
Sidi el Barrak Dam is located in Tunisia
Sidi el Barrak Dam
Location of Sidi el Barrak Dam in Tunisia
Official nameBarrage Sidi el Barrak
Coordinates37°01′29″N 08°56′11″E / 37.02472°N 8.93639°E / 37.02472; 8.93639Coordinates: 37°01′29″N 08°56′11″E / 37.02472°N 8.93639°E / 37.02472; 8.93639
Construction began1994
Opening date2000
Dam and spillways
Type of damEmbankment
ImpoundsOued Zouara River
Height30 m (98 ft)
Length500 m (1,640 ft)
Dam volume2,700,000 m3 (3,531,467 cu yd)
Spillway capacity517 m3/s (18,258 cu ft/s)
Total capacity264,000,000 m3 (214,028 acre⋅ft)
Official nameBarrage de Sidi El Barrak
Designated2 February 2012
Reference no.2017[1]


  1. ^ "Barrage de Sidi El Barrak". Ramsar Sites Information Service. Retrieved 25 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Sidi el Barrak". Hidrotehnika-Hidroenergetika. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Sidi el Barrak Dam Completion Report" (PDF). African Development Bank. November 2002. Retrieved 22 August 2011.