Work to repair the Massingir dam, in Mozambique’s Gaza province, is expected to cost more than double initial estimates, and will now cost an estimated US$30 million, said Suzana Loforte, the national director for Water.
The initial valuation pointed to US$13 million to replace the infrastructure damaged in May 2008.
Loforte said that the Mozambican government had managed to raise the US$30 million needed through the African Development Bank (ADB), and work would begin in 2014.
Meanwhile work to build an auxiliary flood spillway has been underway since October to increase flow capacity.
The floods in 2000 showed that the spillway installed asp part of emergency repairs does not have sufficient capacity for a severe flood and as Massingir is an earth-built dam it cannot be breached.
As well as repairing the facility contacts are underway with the private and public sectors to make the power plant viable, which is considered to be urgent due to high demand for electricity.
The amount of power produced will depend on demand for water for irrigation and for supplying urban areas, which are the priorities set out for the facility. (macauhub)