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Turkey resorts to water power with Cyprus pipeline project

Turkey is hoping that a water-cooperation project will lead to energy collaboration with Cyprus.
Technicians stand on a water balloon as it is floated off Aydincik  in the Mediterranean sea after it was filled with drinking water from Turkey  July 15. The balloon is expected to reach to northern Cyprus coastline on July 16.  The water ballon is dragged by a tug to test a planned method of supplying the drought-hit Northern Cyprus with drinking water. The giant ballons are 117.5 metre long, 23.3 metres wide and 5.6 metres high with a capacity of ten thousand cubic meters. - RTXI5YX

ISTANBUL — In the first such project in the world, Turkey is planning to pump water to northern Cyprus with the help of an 80-kilometer pipeline running under the Mediterranean Sea at a depth of 250 meters. The immediate aim of plan is to provide water for the Turkish sector of Cyprus. But Ankara hopes the technical knowledge gained in the course of the project could enable Turkey to export water to countries in the Middle East as well, potentially contributing to Turkey’s power in the region.

Construction of a dam for the project in the southern Turkish province of Mersin on the Mediterranean coast is scheduled to end March 7. The dam is intended to store water from the Anamur River, which flows into the Mediterranean Sea from the Taurus Mountains. If all goes according to plan, the water will be pumped through the pipeline starting in July, coinciding with the 40th anniversary of Turkey’s military intervention in Cyprus on July 20, 1974.

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