Mozambique: Millenium Challenge Account to fund modernisation of Nacala dam

8 January 2009

Nacala, Mozambique, 8 Jan – Millenium Challenge Account (MCA) Moçambique is set to providing funding of US$4 million to modernise Mozambique’s Nacala dam, located in the port city of the same name, Macauhub was told by Jorge Matola, an MCA director.

Matola gave no dates for work to begin but gave assurances that some consultants had already visited the dam to draw up studies that would indicate the social and economic, as well as environmental impact of the work.

“They were on the ground to see the type of work that needed to be done,” Matola told Macauhub.

Matola also said that the tenders for the feasibility study, executive engineering projects, supervision and assessment of environmental and social impacts had already been launched.

The Nacala dam, which was built in the 1970s, was designed to supply water to around 40,000 inhabitants, but the city currently has a population of some 205,000.

The project is likely to mainly deal with increasing the capacity to supply water from a current 6,000 cubic metres per day, to 18,000 cubic metres per day, Matola said.

One of MCA-Moçambique’s main focuses over the next five years will be supplying water to three provincial capitals, namely Quelimane (Zambézia province), Nampula and Nacala (Nampula province) and Pemba (Cabo Delgado province). (macauhub)