Work to repair Nacala dam in Mozambique, due to begin before the end of June

9 May 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 9 May – Work to repair the Nacala dam in Mozambique’s Nampula province is due to begin by the end of June although the contract for the work has yet to be signed with the company that is to carry out the work, which is expected to happen in the next few days, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

The repairs on the dam are part of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) Mozambique’s programmes, which over a five-year period will apply funding of US$500 million from the United States Federal Government, in several areas, notably infrastructure.

During the launch of the international public tender for selection of the contractor, 40 companies showed interest in carrying out the work, but just nine put forward proposals, from which one will be chosen.

Initially, funding available to restore the dam was set at around US$13 million, but the results of recent studies point to that figure being increased, taking into consideration not only a rise in costs in the construction sector, but also the need for additional work.

The Nacala dam was built in the 1970s and was submerged for several days in the floods of 1982 as the sluice gates were not operating, which led to severe problems from water leaks.

Once the work has been finished, the water storage capacity of the dam’s lagoon will be increased by at least 65 percent, from 4 million cubic metres to 6.6 cubic metres, allowing for expansion of the water supply system to the city of Nacala. (macauhub)