The prime minister of Cabo Verde (Cape Verde), José Maria Neves announced that the new Figueira Gorda dam, in the north of Santiago Island, will be inaugurated after the rainy season, in September or October of this year, according to Cape Verdean news agency Inforpress.
The Figueira Gorda dam, in the Santa Cruz area in the interior of Santiago Island, will be Cabo Verde’s largest hydraulic facility with a storage capacity of around 1.8 billion cubic metres of rainwater.
The dam, which is being built by Portuguese company Conduril, will be able to irrigate around 150 hectares of land (the equivalent of 150 football pitches).
The dam, construction of which began in February 2012 and is costing 3.7 million euros, will have a storage capacity three times that of the Poilão dam, the first dam built in Cabo Verde and inaugurated in 2006 in the east of Santiago Island. The Poilão dam was funded by China.
As well as the Poilão and Figueira Gorda dams, Santiago Island has three other dams: Salineiro (Ribeira Grande), Saquinho (Santa Catarina) and Faveta (São Salvador do Mundo), which gather around 2.1 billion tons of water for irrigation. (macauhub/CV)