Portugal to fund 3 dams in Cape Verde

11 August 2009

Praia, Cape Verde, 11 Aug – Portugal will finance the construction of three dams to capture rainwater in Cape Verde in a scheme valued at €100 million, a source in the islands’ environment ministry has said.

The dams will be built at Salineiro, in the council of Ribeira Grande, at Tabugal in Santa Catarina and at Faveta in Sao Salvador to Mundo – all on Santiago Island, where Cape Verde’s sole existing dam was built at Poilao in 2006.

Building of the new dam, designed to store large amounts of rainwater, is scheduled to begin in 2010. Environment Minister Jose Maria Veiga said preliminary studies are being carried out before a public tender for construction is launched.

Portugal’s financial assistance will also fund renewable energy projects as well as the building of flood-protection dykes and the sinking of 70 bore holes to permit irrigation of areas afflicted by prolonged drought. Veiga said the Praia government is seeking cooperation funds to build more dams and make better use of the country’s water resources.

The Poilao dam, some 26 meters high with a 1.7 million cubic meter capacity, was built by China and permits irrigation of 65 hectares of land giving employment to hundreds of local residents. (macauhub)