Maputo, Mozambique, 13 April – The Mozambican minister for Public Works and Housing, Cademiel Muthemba, Monday in Malhampswene, Matola municipality, officially laid the first stone of the expansion and modernisation of the water supply system to the cities of Maputo and Matola and the district of Boane, in Maputo province.
The project, which is expected to cost 95 million euros, has the involvement of two Chinese companies, namely China Henan International Cooperation Group (CHICO) and China Geo-Engineering Corporation.
CHICO is expected to carry out the construction work on 19 kilometres of the duct costing 729.7 million meticals (US$25 million).
The China Geo-Engineering Corporation will be responsible for expanding the supply to new areas, a project estimated to cost 459.7 million meticals (US$15.79 million).
The project also involves Portuguese consortium Mota-Engil/EFACEC/Sogitel and Mozambique’s Profuro Internacional.
The project’s partners are the Mozambican government (which is contributing 13 million euros), the Dutch government (18.6 million euros) and the French Development Agency (6.6 million euros).
In order to carry out the project, the European Union will provide 25 million euros, whilst the European Investment Bank (EIB) will provide 31 million euros.
The aim of the modernisation and expansion is to increase current production capacity at the Umbelúzi water treatment plant, located in Boane district, some 30 kilometres from the capital, from 144,000 cubic metres currently to 240,000 cubic metres.
Macauhub has learned that alongside this new water pipes will be laid and others repaired in order to increase water transport capacity to the town of Boane and to the municipalities of Maputo and Matola.
The 95 million euros will also be used to reduce water losses, refurbish and boost infrastructures and extend the system into new areas, as well as supplying water to urban and suburban areas of Maputo and Matola.
At the end of this work, 1.5 million people will have access to drinking water in the greater Maputo area, of which 830,000 will be new consumers.
Official figures show that in Mozambique just 60 percent of the population has access to drinking water. (macauhub)