Construction of Moamba-Major dam in Mozambique will be completed, minister says

3 August 2017

The Moamba-Major dam in the southern Mozambican province of Maputo is a project that will be completed, said Minister Carlos Bonete, speaking on the sidelines of the Third Coordinating Council of the Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Water Resources.

The minister, quoted by Mozambican news agency AIM, said the government’s idea is to continue to seek resources through public-private partnerships, since, he added, “Moamba-Major has to be made.”

The project schedule indicates that the dam should start operating in 2019, but, given the current situation, the date for completion of the work is not known.

Construction of this dam in the bed of the Incómati river basin was suspended following the corruption case in Brazil known as Lava Jacto, which involved several construction companies, such as Andrade Gutierrez, which was the contractor or the Moamba-Major project.

The Brazilian National Bank for Economic and Social Development announced in October 2016 the suspension of the financing of 25 projects executed by Brazilian companies in foreign countries, which included Angola and Mozambique.

In October 2016, the Brazilian ambassador to Mozambique, Rodrigo Soares, said his country would honour its promise to finance the construction of the Moamba-Major dam, despite the fact that Brazilian projects in Mozambique and other countries were being re-evaluated.

The Moamba-Major dam, whose foundation stone was laid in 2014, will have capacity to store 760 million cubic metres of water, control the flow of the Incomati river, increase water supply to the cities of Maputo, Matola and Ressano Garcia and have a power plant to produce 15 megawatts of electricity.

The construction of this dam has an estimated cost of US$466 million and Brazil had promised to provide 320 million dollars. (macauhub)