Italy funds construction of dam in Manica province, Mozambique

16 June 2011

Maputo, Mozambique, 16 June – A new hydroelectric facility that will also be used for irrigation and to boost the water supply to the cities of Beira and Dondo, in Mozambique’s Sofala province, is due to be built this year on the Pungué river, in Barué district, in Manica province, according to a report in Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

Construction of the dam, which is estimated to cost 39 million euros, is part of a financial package of 60 million euros provided by Italy as part of an environmental sanitation programme, which, along with the dam, includes, drainage work in the city of Maputo.

A source linked to the project’s management said that the dam, which is 30 metres high, will create a lagoon with capacity for 190 million cubic metres of water, which as well as irrigating 3,500 hectares in the regions of Inhazónia (Manica) and Mafambisse (Sofala), will produce 1 megawatt of electricity that will serve the facility itself and surrounding communities.

The lagoon is expected to cover an area of 10,000 hectares. The project will take around 4 years and is due to be concluded in 2015.

The water resources that will accumulate in the Nhancangale lagoon, according to the director of the project, engineer Francisco Massangai, will also be a reservoir to provide waster to the cities of Beira and Dondo, in dry periods. (macauhub)