Mozambique: African Development Bank grants Mozambique US$30 million to repair Massingir dam

12 September 2008

Maputo, Mozambique, 12 Sept – The African Development Bank (ADB) will provide funding of US$30 million for the repair of the Massingir dam, in the Mozambican province of Gaza, said the director-general of the Regional Administration of Southern Waters (ARA-Sul), Olinda de Sousa.

The Massingir dam was the target of reconstruction work worth US$60 million giving it capacity to irrigate over 90,000 hectares of land in the Limpopo valley and produce 25 megawatts of power.

Reconstruction work, including building 85 wells, was also financed by the ADB.

A year after conclusion of the work a duct broke and the Massingir dam is currently providing much less than its full water capacity to the Limpopo river basin, and the industrial headquarters of Massinigir are facing a serious crisis due to lack of water.

De Sousa told Mozambican news agency AIM that the funding provided by the ADD seemed insufficient, considering the amount of work needed to repair the damage.

However, she added that until more detailed research was carried out, the total repair costs could not be established.

De Sousa also said that a team of Mozambican specialists would soon carry out research into the main damage caused. (macauhub)