Turkey's first major hydroelectric plant generates 210 bln kw

Turkey's first ever major hydroelectric power plant, Keban, has generated 210 billion kilowatts since it became operational in 1974, the plant's director.

Turkey's first major hydroelectric plant generates 210 bln kw

 

Turkey's first ever major hydroelectric power plant, Keban, has generated 210 billion kilowatts since it became operational in 1974, the plant's director on Monday told the Anadolu Agency.

Keban's Managing Director Tahsin Yazici said the plant generated in 1982 a total of 8.2 million kW electricity, which met at the time 31.21 percent of the overall demand in Turkey.

"The amount of energy the plant generated back then was huge for Turkey but as the country grew bigger the plant's share in meeting the overall demand fell to 4.7 percent in 2005 with a production of a total of 8.1 million kW," Yazici said.

Construction of the Keban Dam on the Firat (Euphrates) in the eastern province of Elazig commenced in 1966 and was completed in 1974.

The dam is the fourth largest lake in Turkey with a surface area of 675 square kilometers after Lake Van, Lake Tuz, and the reservoir created by the Ataturk Dam.

The Keban Dam was not originally constructed as a part of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP), it is now a fully integrated component of the project, which aims to stimulate economic development in southeastern Turkey.

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Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Temmuz 2010, 13:44
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