A ceremony was organized in Mersin for the opening of the project that will carry water from Turkey to TRNC with a value of 1,6 billion Turkish Lira.
The project to carry water from Turkey to TRNC is completed. A ceremony was organized in Mersin for the launch of the project. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and TRNC President Mustafa Akinci have attended the ceremony.
The project was on agenda since 1990s but its construction started in 2011. The project will cover the water requirement of TRNC for 30 years.
The project links Turkey and TRNC under the sea and 75 million cubic meter of water from Anamur’s Dragon creek will be transferred to the Gecitkoy Dam near Kyrenia. Half of this water will be used for drinking and the other half for agriculture.
Project aims 48 thousand decare of irrigated farming in TRNC, thereby having a high income. Water will be carried throughout 80 kilometers via the pipes mounted at 250 meters depth from sea surface. Water will be transferred to TRNC via 107 kilometers long pipeline; of which 24 kilometers is located in Turkey, 80 kilometers in the sea and 3 kilometers in TRNC. 38 million cubic meter water from Turkey to TRNC is planned to be used for drinking after refined in the refinery facilities and the remaining 37 million cubic meter is planned to be allocated for irrigation of Guzelyurt Plains or Mesarya Plains.
Via the transmitters and sensors to be mounted on pipes, possible damages will be detected beforehand and they can be intervened. This project is first of its kind in the world and it costs 1 billion and 600 million Turkish Lira. It is planned that the water to TRNC will be transmitted to all the lines within the country in the first half of next year.
First region where the water will be allocated after the opening ceremony is the capitol Nicosia. The project of century will resolve one of the major problems of TRNC until 2045. If the Greek Cypriots, who suffer from water shortage, would request then some of the water can be provided to South Cyprus from Turkey as well.