Dam to overcome thirst in Kenya
19 November 2009
A dam project on the River Mwache in Kenya is due to be completed by 2012.
With a capacity of 205,000 cubic metres of water per day, it will serve 1.5 million people in the towns of Kinango, Kaloleni, and Mombasa, which are regularly affected by a lack of water.
The dam will be financed by the Chinese Government, and will cost a total of 48.3 million Dollars. It will also improve irrigation and boost the production of electricity with a capacity of 34 megaWatts.
Nesbert Mangale, Director of the Kenyan Coast Development Authority, told the daily Nation that a preliminary agreement had been signed with the Chinese company Jiangxi, which will be carrying out the work, due to start in the first quarter of 2010.
A little further south, in Ethiopia, the Tekeze hydro-electric plant was inaugurated on 14 November last.
At a total cost of 350 million Dollars, this is the highest dam ever constructed in Africa, standing at 188 metres in height.<br/>