The Massingir dam, in Mozambique’s Gaza province, will have a greater discharge capacity in flood season once an auxiliary spillway has been installed, said the director of the project to refurbish the dam, Vasco Munguambe.
The work, costing US$29 million funded by the Mozambican government and the African Development Bank (ADB), was awarded to the China Hennan International Cooperation Group (CHICO), and is expected to be finished in July 2014 after beginning in October of this year.
As well as construction of the auxiliary spillway with capacity to discharge 7,500 cubic metres per second, the contract also includes other work related to the security of the facility, such as installing instruments to monitor the dam’s operations in real time.
“The hydrological studies carried out after the floods in 2000 showed the need to increase the discharge capacity, as the main spillway did not have enough capacity to discharge similar floods,” Munguambe told daily newspaper Notícias. (macauhub)