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Monitoring agreed for Ilisu Dam

Construction work on Turkey’s Illisu embankment dam will benefit from hi-tech monitoring equipment following signing of an agreement between Itmsoil and the Turkish government.

The £400,000 order for instrumentation was placed after Itmsoil exhibited at a dam safety workshop at Istanbul University, which was attended by the deputy director general of the government department responsible for dam construction and safety in Turkey.

Work on constructing the controversial dam on the Tigris River close to the Syrian border restarted last year when the project regained funding. When the 135m high, 1.82km long dam is completed in 2015, it will support a 1,200MW hydro power station and impound 10.4bn.m3 of water.

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