Construction of the Moamba-Major Dam in the Incomáti River basin should begin this year, said Pedrito Rocha from the Ministry of Public Works and Housing. Rocha told the Maputo-based daily Notícias that the US$500 million needed to finance the project are already guaranteed. The dam is part of the broader plan meant to ensure the supply of potable water to the greater Maputo region.
The work should be completed within five years. The Mozambican government has set up a project implementation office to build the Moamba-Major dam, which will be responsible for supervision, control and correct implementation of the plans.
Besides supplying water, the Moamba-Major dam should also help promote agricultural development in the Moamba district where it is located, as well as throughout Maputo province.
The dam’s construction will be financed with funds from the governments of Mozambique and Brazil. The Bank of Brazil has granted a US$8.5 million loan to finish the environmental impact studies and a master construction plan. (macauhub/MZ)