Cape Verde’s prime minister opens dam financed by China

3 July 2006

Praia, Cape Verde, 03 July – The Cape Verdean prime minister, José Maria Neves, is due to launch the Poilão dam Monday, in the Santa Cruz municipal area, which is a project worth US$4.4 million and was financed by the Chinese.

Cape Verdean daily newspaper, A Semana reported this weekend that the dam would have a storage capacity of 1.7 million cubic meters of water, is eagerly awaited by the population as it is the first project of its kind on the archipelago.

The dam, which is 26 meters high and 25 meters wide, the dam will cover an irrigated area of 630,000 square meters and its is hoped to create a microclimate in the interior of Santiago Island.

The Poilão dam will serve one of the poorest areas of Santiago Island, with a population of around 33,000 people, and it is hoped it will contribute to the development of agricultural and tourism projects, and thus combat desertification of the area. (macauhub)