The Status of Mosul Dam, NW of Iraq

Mosul Dam

  • Varoojan Siskian Department of Natural Resources Engineering and Management, School of Science and Engineering, University of Kurdistan Hewlêr, Erbil, KRI, Iraq http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9840-5422
  • Nasrat Adamo Retired Dams Engineer
  • Nadhir Al-Ansari Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Lulea University of Technology, Lulea, Sweden
  • Jan Laue Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Lulea University of Technology, Lulea, Sweden
  • Aayda Abdulahad Retired Senior Chief Geologist
Keywords: Foundation; Grouting; Gypsum; Karstification; Mosul Dam.

Abstract

Mosul Dam is located in the northwestern part of Iraq impounding the Tigris River; about 60 km north of Mosul city. This project is multipurpose project; to provide water for irrigation, flood control and hydropower generation. The dam is 113 m high and 3650 m long including the spillway. The dam is earth fill type with a mud core. The dam was designed to impound 11.11 km3 because it is based and underlain by gypsum beds alternated with limestone and marl. Therefore, it is planned to use continuous grouting to fill the karst caverns. The used quantity exceeded 95000 tons of solid grouting materials since 1986 up to 2014. After all, is the dam safe? The details are given in the current article.

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Author Biographies

Varoojan Siskian, Department of Natural Resources Engineering and Management, School of Science and Engineering, University of Kurdistan Hewlêr, Erbil, KRI, Iraq

Varoujan K. Sissakian graduated from the University of Baghdad in 1969 with B.Sc. degree in Geology, and M.Sc. in Engineering Geological Mapping from I.T.C., the Netherlands in 1982. He joined Iraq Geological Survey (GEOSURV) in 1971 and was nominated as Expert in 2005; retired in 2012. He has 125 documented reports in GEOSURV's library and 158 published articles in different geological aspects in different geological journals and 29 articles in different stages of publications. He was the Deputy Vice President of the Middle East Subcommission of the Committee of Compilation the Geological Map of the World (CGMW), Paris, from February 2010 until August 2012. He was Visiting Lecturer in University of Kurdistan, Hewler, since October, 2014 and Lecturer since February, 2017. Currently, he is a Lecturer in the University of Kurdistan Hewler.

Nasrat Adamo, Retired Dams Engineer

Nasrat Adamo: is a Retired Dams Engineer, he was Director General at many dams' projects in Iraq. He has published 2 books and more than 20 papers about the Mosul Dam. Currently, he is dams; consultant living in Seden.

Nadhir Al-Ansari, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Lulea University of Technology, Lulea, Sweden

Professor Al-Ansari is working in the he Lulea University of Technology, Sweden. He has published 2 books and ore than 20 papers concerning the Mosul Dam.

Jan Laue, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Lulea University of Technology, Lulea, Sweden

Professor Laue is working at the Lulea University of Technology, Sweden. He is a specialist in rock mechnics and has published more than 10 papers about Mosul Dam

Aayda Abdulahad, Retired Senior Chief Geologist

Mrs. AbdulAhad is retired from the Iraq Geological Survey (geosurv). She bears M.Sc. degree in rock mechanics and was the Head of Engineering Geology Labs at GEOSURV. Currently, she is retired.

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Published
2021-12-28
How to Cite
Siskian, V., Adamo, N., Al-Ansari, N., Laue, J., & Abdulahad, A. (2021, December 28). The Status of Mosul Dam, NW of Iraq. UKH Journal of Science and Engineering, 5(2), 56-61. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.25079/ukhjse.v5n2y2021.pp56-61
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