Mon, 02 Apr 2012 17:59 - Updated Mon, 02 Apr 2012 17:59
Calueque Dam under rehabilitation
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Calueque - The Calueque dam, located in Ombadja district, southern Cunene province, built in 1974, will be rehabilitated and expanded this year, whose consignment act to start the construction works took place this week-end in a ceremony presided over by the minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges.
Signing for the Angolan government was the director of the Regularisation Office of the Cunene River Hydrographical Basin, Armindo Mario and the representative of the consortium of Mota Engil and Lyon companies, Antonio Moço.
The USD 225 million contract will last for 25 months and will have two hydro plants and a new channel and 21 irrigation pivots.
On the occasion, the director of the Regularisation Office of the Cunene River Basin, Armindo Mario, said the infrastructure will enable to regularize the flow of the Cunene River and farming irrigation along the border with the Republic of Namibia, an irrigation perimeter of 90 hectares of farmland.
Meanwhile, the minister of Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges, considered the investment of capital importance in view of its socio-economic value and mutual benefit for the peoples of Angola and Namibia.
According to the official, with its rehabilitation, the neighboring Republic of Namibia will continue to receive water through this dam.
"It is hoped that the consortium in charge of the contract complies with the deadlines, as financial conditions are all guaranteed for the success of the work," said the minister.
Calueque dam was built in 1974 and since then it was never complete due to the invasion of the South African army in southern Angola during the struggle against the occupation of the Namibian territory.
Located in the municipality of Ombadja, the Calueque dam lies 192 kilometres northwest of the city of Ondjiva.
The assignment act was attended by the governor of Cunene, Antonio Didalelwa, the Namibian minister of Agriculture, Water and Rural Development, John Mutorro and the surrounding community.