Mota-Engil delivers first dam on the island of Sao Nicolau, Cabo Verde

25 June 2015

Portuguese construction company Mota Engil on Friday 26 June is due to deliver the Banca Furada do Vale Fajã dam, the first of three planned for the Cape Verdean island of São Nicolau, the Cabo Verde (Cape Verde) government said Sunday.

Located in Fajã, near Ribeira Brava, construction of the new dam, estimated to cost about 6.35 million euros, began in 2011, but several problems led to the suspension of the work, which was only resumed in early 2014 .

The dam, with a capacity of 300,000 cubic metres of water, will allow the irrigation of an area of ​​35 hectares and benefit some 175 local farmers, according to weekly newspaper A Semana.

The project was funded by a credit line from Portugal in the amount of 200 million euros, which has already made t possible to build another five similar facilities, four in Santiago Island and one on the island of Santo Antão.

By the end of this year, the island of São Nicolau will have two more dams in the Praia Branca and Curral Velho areas.

The first phase of the Cabo Verde “Renewable Energy, Environment and Water Mobilisation Programme,” intended to collect 9.35 million cubic metres of water per year, includes collection of groundwater and surface flows in five dams that are already built – Salineiro, Faveta, Saquinho and Figueira Gorda on the island of Santiago, and Canto Cagarra in Santo Antão. (macauhub/CV/ PT)