Hydropower production without sacrificing environment: a case study of Ilisu Dam and Hasankeyf

Yalcin E., TİĞREK Ş.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT, vol.32, no.2, pp.247-266, 2016 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 32 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/07900627.2015.1031210
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.247-266
  • Keywords: Ilisu Dam, Hasankeyf, Tigris Basin, hydropower, optimization, flood analysis
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The Ilisu Dam and HEPP Project, on the Tigris River in the South-Eastern Anatolia Region of Turkey, has been under debate for more than half a century due to its possible adverse effects on the environment. In particular, the proposed inundation of the archaeological sites around Hasankeyf has prompted strong criticism from national and international organizations. The primary reason for the administration's insistence on construction of the dam is its energy production capacity. The present study is an assessment of an alternative solution that not only saves Hasankeyf with its countless ancient monuments from inundation but also supplies the projected energy production of Ilisu Dam.