Balancing energy and environmental concerns: the case of the Kayraktepe dam, Turkey

Ö. Sever, Ş. Tiğrek, N. Şarlak
2012 Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions  
<p><strong>Abstract.</strong> In this study, an alternative solution for a large dam, namely the Kayraktepe Dam in Turkey, is investigated. The dam was planned for flood control, energy generation and flow regulation for a downstream irrigation project more than 30 yr ago, but until now the project has not begun due to it receiving severe criticism about environmental and social considerations. The project formulation was redeveloped several times in the past but the options were not found to
more » ... were not found to be feasible. In this study, a detailed analysis of the available feasibility studies is provided and then a new formulation, consisting of the proposed one medium dam and five run-of-river type hydropower stations instead of a large scale dam, is evaluated. The new formulation is equivalent to the existing project in terms of energy production and flood control. On the other hand, there are some benefits relative to other configurations as solutions to some of the environmental and social problems being addressed.</p>
doi:10.5194/hessd-9-11769-2012 fatcat:xlqbyt5dqbb7bej5fmuvz4ey6m