The contract to carry out repair work on the Massingir Dam, in Mozambique’s Gaza province, is expected to be awarded this year as a result of the process to select a contractor that is currently underway, a senior official of the African Development Bank (ADB) said.
According to daily newspaper Notícias, the Mozambican government is now able to raise the additional funding needed to cover the rise in the price of construction materials on the international market.
Initially the ADB had guaranteed the necessary funding to carry out the work but, due to a delay in selecting the contractor, the figure set out in the tender document was no longer viable and another source of funding to make up the difference had to be found.
The Massingir dam is the most important facility for controlling the water of the River that flows into the Limpopo River. The Limpopo supplies water to the Limpopo and Lower Limpopo irrigation systems in the districts of Chokwé and Xai-Xai, respectively.
Work will include increasing the safety of the dam by setting up an auxiliary deep discharger to withstand flooding as well as a surface spillway.
César Tique, an official at the ADB’s department for agriculture and rural development, noted that the bank was interested in continuing with activities to repair the dam and had decided to extend the project until 2014.
The budget for installing the surface withdrawal spillway is US$30 million and the cost of the deep discharger is not yet known as the ADB and the Mozambican government are still in negotiations. (macauhub)