Mozambique: MCA funds reconstruction of Nacala dam

25 May 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 25 May – The Millennium Challenge Account (MCA Moçambique and South African company Jeffares and Green Thursday in Maputo signed a contract to carry out economic feasibility and environmental impact studies for reconstruction of the Nacala dam.

The contract, signed by Paulo Fumane, director of MCA Moçambique and by Andrew Peperell, director of Jeffares and Green, an engineering consultancy, is worth US$2.7 million and a lifetime of 12 months.

The aim rebuilding the Nacala dam is to prevent loss of water and increase its capacity from 14 to 21 million cubic metres as well as modernising its gate system.

Work on the dam is expected to cost US$11.7 million, expanding the Nacala water supply system will cost a further US$10 million and reconstruction of the waste water collection system will cost another US$17.2 million.

According to Susana Saranha, of the National Water Directorate, Nacala’s water supply system reaches just 20 percent of the population, and the project is hoped to increase that rate to 70 percent.

MCA Moçambique is managed by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a US development aid agency set up by former US President, George W. Bush. (macauhub)