Portuguese company to build three dams on Cape Verde’s Santiago Island

29 June 2010

Praia, Cape Verde, 29 Jun – The Portuguese company Monte Adriano has won the tender to build three dams on Santiago Island, benefiting from a 200 million euro credit line made available by Portugal for public works projects in Cape Verde.

The contract was signed on Sunday in the presence of Cape Verdean Prime Minister Jose Maria Neves. It will enable construction of the Faveta, Salineiro and Saqhinho dams, which will join the one already built at Poilão, completed in 2006 with financing from China.

Neves said that his government plans to build 17 more dams in the next two to three years, with the goal of mobilising 75 million cubic metres of water by 2015. This will increase the area of irrigated land in the country, create jobs and reduce poverty.

For the time being, the three dams will have a “fundamental impact on agriculture”, as they will prevent the loss of 2 million cubic metres of water in the island country during the rainy season, which runs from July to November.

Overall, Cape Verde maintains credit lines with Portugal of more than 600 million euros meant for infrastructure, water catchment and renewable energy projects, as well as support for companies and housing construction. (macauhub)