Nacala dam, in northern Mozambique, ready in 2013

20 January 2012

Maputo, Mozambique, 20 Jan – The building work underway on the Nacala dam in the northern Mozambican province of Nampula, is expected to be finished by the second half of 2013, Macauhub learned in Maputo from a Millennium Challenge Account (MCA) – Moçambique source.

Once the work is finished, the Nacala dam will have its storage capacity increased three-fold, and will be able to meet water consumption need in Nacala both for individuals and the private sector.

Work to modernise the Nacala dam is in the hands of South African company WBHO Construction.

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 12.6 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 around US$30 million, of which US$1.8 million will be directly provided by Mozambique. (macauhub)