Turkey-TRNC Build Water-Pipeline Under Mediterranean
Sunday, October 09 2005 @ 02:18 PM MSD
Turkey and Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) study to end the water problem in Cyprus island. The agreement for a water pipeline project was signed between DSI (Turkish State Water Department) and Alsim Alarko private company on Friday. Turkish Energy Minister Hilmi Guler told the reporters that natural gas and electricity line will follow the water pipe in near future. The lines will be constructed under the Mediterranean Sea and connecting the Turkish coasts to the Northern Cyprus.
Turkish Minister says the water will be taken from Anamur Dragon River. The pipe between the Anamur Dragon River and Cyprus Gecitkoy Dam will be 78 km, and it will be 250 meter s below the Mediterranean Sea level. The 1.6 meter pipes will transport 75 million cubic water per year from Turkey to Turkish Cyprus. 15 million cubic will be used for TRNC cities and rest of the water will be used in irrigation of Meserya Valley.
Ayhan Yavrucu, Head of Alarko Company, says the water will be brought to TRNC is more than the TRNC needs. Yavrucu further argued that the rest of the water would be given to the Greek side.
The project will cost 250 million dollars.
Dr. Mehmet Ozcan from Ankara-based Turkish think tank ISRO says the project has the potential to make contribution to the Cyprus issue. “Both sides, Turkish and Greek Cypriots need the water from Turkey. Natural gas and electricity are also vital for the island. Turkey now provides water to Israel and it may provide enough water and electricity to the island of Cyprus. The project will be a peace project I think. If the Greek side gives up ignoring the 200.000 people on the island, the problems would be solved easier.” Dr. Mehmet Ozcan added.