Raising of King Talal Dam

by Vincent J. Zipparro, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, United States,
George C. Antonopoulos, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, United States,
Zafer Alem, Harza Engineering Co, Chicago, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Waterpower '91: A New View of Hydro Resources


The King Talal Project is located on the Zarqa River, a Jordan River tributary, in Jordan. An existing embankment dam, 100 m high, built in the mid-seventies by the Jordan Valley Authority (JVA) provides storage for irrigation water. The project included raising of King Talal Dam and spillway headworks by 15 m, construction of a new 45 m high concrete gravity dam, modifications to the original chute spillway, low-level outlets, drainage gallery and cutoff wall systems, underwater modification to the original irrigation intake, installation of a steel penstock inside the original outlet tunnel and construction of a power tunnel, a powerhouse and a discharge structure.

Subject Headings: Developing countries | Concrete dams | Water intakes | Steel construction | Dams | Embankment dams | Underwater construction | Gravity dams | Jordan | Middle East | Asia

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