Millennium Challenge Account-Moçambique awards contract to refurbish Nacala dam

7 June 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 7 June – The contract to refurbish the Nacala dam, in Mozambique’s Nampula province, was signed Monday in Maputo by South Africa’s WBHO Construction and the Millennium Challenge Account-Moçambique, according to the Mozambican press.

This is the first big contract awarded by MCA – Moçambique as part of its US$507-million funding to Mozambique by the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a development project of the United States federal government.

The Nacala dam was built in 1964 but, since the floods of 1982, has been losing large amounts of water due to cracks in its walls, which each year total between 15 and 30 percent of all the water stored by the dam.

The work now awarded to the South African company includes raising the dam by another 4 metres, building a new weir in case of flooding and increasing capacity from 4.2 million cubic metres to 6.6 million cubic metres.

This capacity increase will allow around 90 percent of the population of the city of Nacala to gain access to drinking water, benefitting some 220,000 people, as compared to a current rate of 47 percent. The work is expected to cost US$28 million, of which US$1.8 million will be directly provided by Mozambique. (macauhub)