Chinese cooperation hands over Poilão dam to Cape Verde

25 May 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 25 May – Chinese cooperation formally handed over to the Cape Verdean authorities Wednesday the Poilão dam, in the municipal area of Santa Cruz, which will serve around 33,000 people and agricultural and tourist projects on Santiago Island.

A statement from the Cape Verdean Foreign, Cooperation and Community Ministry said that the country’s water resources institute, Instituto Nacional de Gestão dos Recursos Hídricos (INGRH) had received the instruments for controlling the physical structure of the dam.

The project’s Quality Certificate was also signed by the president of the Institute, António Pedro Borges, and by Gao Kuang, the head of the team responsible for executing it over an 18-month period.

At the same ceremony, which took place at the Ministry, Cape Verde’s Director General of International Cooperation, António Pedro Lopes, and the Economic and Trade Advisor from the Chinese Embassy in Praia, Liu Kexin, signed the Certificate of Delivery and Reception of the Project.

The Poilão dam, which cost US$4.43 million and was financed by Chinese donors, will make it possible to irrigate an area of around 630,000 square meters of land close to São Lourenço dos Órgãos, which is one of the poorest areas in the country, in the Santa Cruz municipal area, on Santiago Island.

The Poilão reservoir will have a storage capacity of 1.7 million cubic meters of water and is 26 meters deep by 15 meters long. (macauhub)