Aram Saleeba, the director general of Syria’s giant Al-Hasaka irrigation and land reclamation undertaking has provided additional details about the project. Speaking to the Syria Times, he said the goal of the project was economic and agricultural development of the region, by increasing revenues through expanding irrigated areas, developing new food industries and converting others, setting up cooperative farms, and generating 20 megawatts of electricity.
Al-Hasaka, Aram Saleeba explained, has two main component — the Tiger project and al-Khabour project. Both will irrigate areas of 150,000 hectares. Al- Khabour, he said, involves the creation of a number of dams and lakes to store water then distributing it within a network of canals. It already had progressed through its first and second stages, working on the April 7 Dam—with storage capacity of 93 million cubic meters—and on the March 8 Dam—with storage capacity of 232 million cubic meters. – (Albawaba-MEBG)