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General Information

Beginning of works: 1975
Completion: 1983
Status: in use

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Coordinates: 40° 33' 45.61" N    43° 38' 42.66" E
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Technical Information


height 59 m
retained water volume 525 000 000 m³
dam volume 180 000 m³
water surface area 42 km²
irrigation area 40 420 ha

Excerpt from Wikipedia

Akhurian Reservoir (Armenian: Ախուրյանի ջրամբար; Turkish:Arpaçay Barajı) is a reservoir on the Akhurian River between Armenia and Turkey. The reservoir has a surface area of 54 km² and a volume of 525 million cubic meters. It is one of the largest reservoirs in the Caucasus, smaller than the Mingachevir reservoir and the Shamkir reservoir in Azerbaijan.

Its water is used for irrigation in Armenia's Aragatsotn, Armavir and Shirak provinces. Water used on Turkey for irrigation (70000 ha agricultural area) in provinces of Kars and Ardahan.


On April 25, 1963, Turkey and the Soviet Union (which Armenia was part of at the time) signed an agreement on constructing a dam on Akhurian River and regulating the flow of four rivers into the reservoir. It was built between 1975 and 1980 and began to be operated in 1980.


According to Armenian researchers "the water system is polluted with heavy metals and different toxic materials."

Text imported from Wikipedia article "Akhurian Reservoir" and modified on 23 July 2019 under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.


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