Turkey to provide Cyprus 75 mln tons of water each year

Türkiye Materials 7 September 2008 16:23 (UTC +04:00)

Turkish Cyprus' Elal said it is planned to bring water to the island in 2013, reported World Bulletin.

Turkish Cyprus' the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources  Durali Elal said that the project to bring water from Turkey, has now actively been put into practice for the first time and it is planned to bring water to the island in 2013, Observer Cyprus reported.

He stated "the physical works on the project have started. A total amount of 75 million tons of water will be brought to the island in a year, 35 million of it will be for drinking and allied uses and stored in Gecitkoy Reservoir whose capacity will be increased 10 times from 2.5 million to 25 million cubic metres."

Within this framework the geophysical works are being made at Gecitkoy dam in which the water will be stored said Elal and that bid works for pipe construction will be made in 2009, it will be implemented in 2010 and the water is planned to reach Cyprus at the end of 2013.

The Undersecretary stated that work on the distribution line planned to transfer the water from the dam to three regions and the work on the pipeline to bring the water from Turkey will be conducted in a parallel way.

Elal stated that the Alarko company is executing the geophysical works on the dam at Gecitkoy that will be completed in 1½ months and will reveal if there are structures in the ground of the dam that will affect the quality of the water. He also stated that the project works have started on the distribution lines needed to transfer the water from the dam to points of consumption.

The infrastructure projects for the land part of the project to bring the water from Turkey's Dragon River have been completed and researches on the pipelines needed to be built underwater were completed at the end of 2007. Works on preparations for the project are expected to be completed at the end of 2008.

New distribution lines will be installed from Gecitkoy Dam to the three regions stated Elal, with one of the lines being to Guzelyurt, the second will pass through Kyrenia and reach Tatlisu and the third one will be the Nicosia-Famagusta-Karpaz line.