Chinese companies build water retention dams in Angola

16 October 2019

The construction of retention dams, water catchment systems and waterways in Angola’s Cunene province will begin in the next few days, the Angolan president said on Tuesday in Luanda.

Joao Lourenço, in a State of the Nation address at the National Assembly, said the project was part of the emergency plan to combat the effects of drought in that area of the country, according to the Angop news agency.

The contract, split into six lots, includes the construction of the Cunene river catchment system, pumping, pressurized duct, open channel from Cafu to Cuamato and 10 more “chimpacas”, the name given in Angola to small deposits or water reservoirs.

The first lot, worth US$65.70 million, was awarded to the Sinohydro Angola, and the second, costing US$70.47 million, was also awarded to this company.

The third lot was awarded to a consortium made up of Omatapalo – Engenharia e Construção and Mota-Engil Angola, and will cost the Angolan state US$177.38 million.

Lot four was awarded to the China Road & Bridge Corporation for US$62.94 million, and lot five was awarded to Sinohydro Angola for US$192.55 million.

The last lot was awarded to Guangxi Hydroelectric Construction Bureau (GHCB) for US$192.55 million.

The presidential order dated 4 October published in the Diário da República official bulletin on Tuesday recalls that recent drought cycles in that southern province of Angola had a negative impact on primary livelihoods and affected agricultural and livestock activities and water resources. (Macauhub)