Cape Verde launches tender to build Paul drainage basin

2 April 2007

Praia, Cape Verde, 2 April – The Millennium Challenge Account – Cape Verde has launched the tender for building the Paul drainage basin, on the Cape Verdean island of Santo Antao.

The Paul drainage basin will include construction of 15 dikes in the areas of Cringa, Figueiral, Peixeiro and Cabo de Ribeira and several reservoirs will be built to store rain and spring water, with a capacity of 500 and 1,000 cubic meters.

“We are talking about a project that will be developed over a five-year period. For this year, we are thinking of building at least three dikes and eight reservoirs for 200, 500 and 1000 tons of water,” said the Santo Antao delegate of the Ministry of Agriculture and Environment, Orlando Freitas.

Budgeted to cost 250 million Cape Verdean escudos, the opening of the proposals for execution of this project will take place on April 23 and work is due to start at the end of May.

Freitas said that, by the end of 2007, the Ministry would provide around 100 million escudos for the work included in the first stage of the project.

The Paul project is underway at the same time as the drainage basin projects of Alto Mira, Porto Novo and Ribeira da Torre.

Studies for these projects have been concluded and by the end of April, the Arab Development Bank is due to decide on financing for these basins, which are expected to cost 900 million Cape Verdean escudos, for the construction of dikes, pipes, reservoirs, drip by drip irrigation and reforestation. (macauhub)