Maputo — The Bank of Brazil is shortly expected to enter into an agreement with the government of Mozambique to finance the construction of the Moamba Major dam that will provide drinking water for the Maputo metropolis.
According to a report in the daily newspaper “Noticias”, the project to build the dam on the Incomati River is expected to cost 500 million US dollars and will provide water for drinking and irrigation in the Greater Maputo Metropolitan Area.
The paper cites the director of the National Water Board (DNA), Susana Saranga Loforte, as saying “we are in the final phase of negotiations for releasing the funds. The negotiations are making progress and if this continues we will be in a position to lay the first stone in 2014 or 2015”.
She added that the Bank of Brazil has already funded the environmental impact study for the dam along with a preliminary design which together cost 8.5 million dollars.
In the shorter term the authorities are working on adapting the dam at Corumana on the Sabie River so that it can provide water for the north of Maputo and Matola, Marracuene, Moamba and Pessene.
This project is receiving funding from the Dutch government, which has pledged to provide 23 million euros (30.4 million dollars).