Guinea-Bissau seeks donors to build dam

17 April 2015

The Organisation for the Exploration of the Gambia River Basin (OMVG) will organise a meeting with donors to build a dam for agricultural irrigation in Guinea-Bissau, two members of the Guinean government said Thursday in Bissau.

The Ministers of Natural Resources, Daniel Gomes, and of Agriculture, Aníbal Pereira, said the dam, estimated to cost 80 million euros is projected for the area of ​​Campossa in Bafatá (centre of Guinea-Bissau) “mainly for agricultural irrigation.”

“The project for Integrated Water Resource Management in the Kayanga/Geba basin has already completed the study for dam construction,” and a round table meeting is scheduled for 13 May in Bissau, the ministers said cited by Portuguese news agency Lusa.

The Campossa dam will be a side project to the main investments of OMVG, including electricity production from this year onwards at the Kaleta Dam in Guinea-Conakry.

In full operation the Kaleta dam will produce about 900 gigawatt / hours of electricity per year.

Starting this year, with a single turbine, 200 megawatts will be available in the four countries of the OMVG (Guinea-Bissau, Senegal, Gambia and Guinea-Conakry) – and the Guinea-Bissau state is preparing to launch tenders to install a high-voltage power grid in the country. (macauhub/GW)