Project to refurbish Nacala dam, Mozambique, presented Wednesday

26 January 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 26 Jan – The project to refurbish the Nacala dam, in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, is due Wednesday to be presented in the city of Nacala, Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) – Mozambique said in Maputo Tuesday.

Refurbishment of the dam is part of the project to supply water and sanitation and includes repairing and elevating the dam’s bank, construction of a new flood weir and a reservoir, a source from MCA-Moçambique told Macauhub in Maputo.

Representatives of the 30 national and foreign companies that put forward proposals for the public tender are due to be in Nacala where the main criteria for selection of the company that will refurbish the dam will be presented.

With a current storage capacity in the reservoir of around 14 million cubic metres, the refurbishment is intended to increase that amount to 21 million cubic metres of water.

The dam is at an advanced stage of disrepair and the work will stop leaks, increase the height of the dam and modernise the water discharge system during periods of flooding.

MCA-Moçambique has said it expects the work, which is due to be finished in 2013, will provide the municipality of Nacala with a more reliable drinking water system. (macauhub)