Cape Verdean government to launch tender for construction of dams

3 December 2010

Praia, Cape Verde, 3 Dec – The government of Cape Verde is set to launch tenders for the construction of dams on the island of Santo Antão, the island’s delegate for the Ministry of the Environment, Rural Development and Marine Resources told Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress.

Inforpress said that the Minister, José Maria Veiga, in October on a visit to Santo Antão, had given assurances that the government had already secured funds for the two dams planned for the island.

Veiga declined at the time to provide a figure for the funding, but said that the government was able to move ahead with two of the three dams initially planned for the island.

The African Development Bank (ADB), which funded the studies for the location of the dams, has always said it was available to fund construction of the facilities, which is part of a programme to channel water into agriculture on Santo Antão.

The programme also includes drilling 20 boreholes in the three council areas on Santo Antão, which are being funded as part of the ministry’s investment programme for the island.

The government had announced construction of seven dams on the islands of Santo Antão, São Nicolau and Santiago and of 15 mini- dams on the islands of Maio and Boa Vista. (macauhub)