Description of Ilısu Dam from Erdoğan: This giant work is one of the most important elements of our GAP project.


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President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan is attending the 1st Tribunal Commissioning Ceremony of the Ilısu Dam Power Plant, which was held by the Minister of Agriculture and Forestry, Pakdemirli, with a video conference.

Speaking at the ceremony, the headlines of President Erdoğan’s statements are as follows:

  • I wish Ilısu Dam to be good for our country and nation. Thanks to our determination, we have brought this work, which we have faced with many obstacles at every stage from its loan to construction, since 2008. There is an example of our policy of producing works, not words. This work is the best answer to Turkey from abroad who complain.
  • The wind of peace, brotherhood, prosperity and peace that will blow from the Ilısu Dam will make you feel wave by wave in these lands for centuries. All historical and cultural assets, especially Hasankeyf, have been preserved. 200 million lira resources were used only for these studies.
  • This giant work is one of the most important elements of our GAP project. We expect this facility to contribute 2.8 billion lira annually to our economy. By leaving the waters collected here to the Cizre Dam, which we will soon build, we will both generate 1.1 billion kilowatt hours of energy and irrigate 765 thousand decares of land. Turkey in 2002 with 276 dams we add another 585 dams.
  • When we set off, someone thought we would stay in power for a few years. Our plans have broken the vicious circle that all politicians have surrendered since the past, by making our programs and goals according to the quarter-century, half-century, and 1-century slices. We, as Cumhur Alliance, will walk on this path. We will open 17 more dams.


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