Maputo, Mozambique, 8 Sept – Reconstruction work on the Honde hydroelectric dam, in Mozambique’s Manica province, began in August, the provincial director for Mining Resources and Energy, Olavo Deniasse told newspaper Notícias.
Destroyed at the end of last year following flooding, reconstruction work is expected to take four months and cost 2.1 million meticals (US$777 million), and the project has been awarded to África Construções, a construction company with its headquarters in Chimoio.
The project includes reconstruction of the 28 metres of dam wall that collapsed due to torrential rain in the last rainy season, which led to a cut in the power supply to the town of Honde.
The Honde dam, which was built between 2006 and 2008 at a cost of 8.8 million meticals, is an initiative of the Manica provincial government and is part of the rural electrification programme.
As well as electricity, the Honde dam, whose construction was funded by Germany via its international development agency Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, was also built to irrigate agricultural fields in the surrounding area. (macauhub)