Calle ecstatic as Neckartal passes 40% mark

08 January 2021 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK



Agriculture minister Calle Schlettwein has expressed delight that the amount of water currently in the Neckartal Dam after the recent heavy rains is about 70 million cubic metres, more than the Hardap Dam can hold at full capacity.

The Neckartal Dam is now 42.4% full, which translates to 363.710 million cubic metres of water.

To put it into perspective, at full capacity the Hardap Dam can hold 294.593 million cubic metres.

This is about 70 million cubic metres less than is currently in the Neckartal Dam.

Schlettwein told Namibian Sun that Neckartal is an important addition to the country's water infrastructure.

“As an irrigation dam it will greatly assist in realising Namibia's ambition to become food secure and ultimately food self-sufficient in important staple food.”

He pointed out that the Neckartal Dam is by far the largest dam built in Namibia.

“By comparison, it has a capacity ten times that of Swakoppoort and three times that of Hardap.”

Massive investment

Neckartal was built at a cost of N$5.7 billion. The construction cost included the main dam, a pump station, a secondary dam acting as silt trap before the pump station, and related infrastructure for the bulk supply of irrigation water and a power generation plant, Schlettwein explained.

“It is a massive investment designed to supply secure irrigation water for an area of 5 000 hectares.”





The project experienced serious budget overshoots, from an original tender approval of about N$3.8 billion to a final cost of N$5.7 billion.

Schlettwein said the next phase of this large project is the development of an irrigation scheme, which is anticipated to be rolled out as a public-private partnership (PPP) project.

He said the PPP unit in the finance ministry, together with the agriculture ministry, have been tasked to fast-track the project, which will have several components and phases.

“Private investment is crucial for the successful implementation,” stressed Schlettwein.

The Neckartal Dam was built in the Fish River, which is the largest inland river besides the perennial rivers on the country's borders. The Fish River joins the Orange River west of Noordoewer and any overflow of the dam will therefore end up in the Orange River and ultimately in the Atlantic Ocean.

“Before the Neckartal Dam was built all the water which is now captured in the dam would have been flowing into the ocean. The Neckartal Dam was designed to catch about three seasons' runoff and it therefore currently has some spare capacity.”

He added that the development of the dam and its irrigation scheme will create many jobs, as well as improve the livelihoods of farmers, producers and entrepreneurs who will become active in the supply and value chains as a result of this large public investment.



Hardap



Hardap, Namibia's second largest dam, was 60.2% full by yesterday morning, with a 59.9 million cubic metre per second rate of inflow.

Since Monday the dam has received more than 53.4 million cubic metres of water. Presently the dam contains more than 177.22 million cubic metres.



Naute



More than 166.53 million cubic metres of water was released from the Naute Dam near Keetmanshoop from Monday to Wednesday.

Since Monday the dam has recorded an inflow of 175.3 million cubic metres and it was 101.1% full by yesterday morning. This translated to a content of 84.508 million cubic metres.

Similar News

 

Calle ecstatic as Neckartal passes 40% mark

1 week ago - 08 January 2021 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKAgriculture minister Calle Schlettwein has expressed delight that the amount of water currently in the Neckartal Dam after the recent heavy rains is about...

New development planned south of Windhoek

2 months ago - 18 November 2020 | Infrastructure

YOLANDA NEL WINDHOEK A public meeting is scheduled for Thursday this week to discuss a new proposed development at Farm Gross Haigamas.Developers Birdsong Properties are...

Road junction open to traffic

2 months ago - 03 November 2020 | Infrastructure

ERWIN LEUSCHNERSWAKOPMUND The junction at the eastern entrance to Swakopmund and 33 km of tarred road between Swakopmund and Walvis Bay – including two new...

20 low-cost houses for fire victims

3 months ago - 08 October 2020 | Infrastructure

LEANDREA LOUWWALVIS BAYTwo months after a fire swept through the Otweya informal settlement in Walvis Bay, destroying homes, leaving hundreds homeless and killing a two-year-old...

Health facilities handed over at southern border

3 months ago - 25 September 2020 | Infrastructure

Ariamsvlei • Elizabeth Joseph The Anglo American Namibia Foundation (AANF) in partnership with the DeBeers Group officially handed over and inaugurated brand new port health...

Govt launches housing census

4 months ago - 01 September 2020 | Infrastructure

JEMIMA BEUKESWINDHOEK The ministry of urban and rural development and the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) have embarked on a housing survey that will contribute...

Police village in the pipeline

5 months ago - 21 August 2020 | Infrastructure

NAMPAWINDHOEKWith many police officers unable to afford decent accommodation in Windhoek, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) is looking at constructing a police village to house...

Housing high on the agenda in Erongo

5 months ago - 17 August 2020 | Infrastructure

ADOLF KAURESWAKOPMUNDErongo governor Neville Andre has announced that Farm 37 will be ready for occupation by October.“People living in backyard shacks, residents of Otweya informal...

Huge housing backlog in Windhoek

5 months ago - 11 August 2020 | Infrastructure

ELLANIE SMITWINDHOEKThe housing backlog in Windhoek is about 100 000 units and is rising at 3.5% per year, according to the latest report by First...

AR’s Goreangab plots still being serviced five years later

5 months ago - 28 July 2020 | Infrastructure

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKLand that the Affirmative Repositioning movement proposed for mass housing in Windhoek’s Goreangab informal settlement as part of a deal struck with State House...

Latest News

New vehicle sales moving in...

12 hours ago | Business

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUVehicle sales contracted by 2.0% year-on-year in December 2020, compared to a contraction of 2.2% year-on-year in December 2019, with 714 units sold in...

Nekongo breaks silence on Fishrot...

12 hours ago | Crime

STAFF REPORTERWINDHOEKSwapo Party Youth League (SPYL) secretary Ephraim Nekongo yesterday said he did not know that the N$65 000 allegedly deposited into his personal account...

15 350 pupils ‘lost in...

12 hours ago | Education

ESTER KAMATIOTJIWARONGOWith the ministry of education taking a blended approach through online efforts and remote teaching and learning, about 15 350 learners did not return...

Shangula looking beyond Covax for...

12 hours ago | Health

OGONE TLHAGEWINDHOEKNamibia is looking beyond the Covax facility to procure additional stock of Covid-19 vaccine, health minister Kalumbi Shangula has said.The Covax facility, an initiative...

Namibia more of a consumer...

12 hours ago | Economics

PHILLEPUS UUSIKUNamibia recorded a trade deficit to the tune of N$1.4 billion in November 2020. The recent figure shows that the deficit improved by...

Going back to the original...

12 hours ago | Opinion

It's not too late to salvage Namibia from the jaws of predatory tendencies threatening our existence as a nation.Think of the ideal Namibia we had...

Groundwater threatened by drilling

12 hours ago | Environment

FRANK STEFFENWINDHOEKIn 2011, a hydrological study dating back to 2001 was republished.Together with the Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR in Hanover, Germany),...

Ivory Coast rains support abundant...

12 hours ago | Economics

Above average light rains mixed with spells of sunshine last week in most of Ivory Coast's cocoa regions provided the right growing conditions for the...

Goodbye Trump, hello Joe Biden

12 hours ago | International

MATHIAS HAUFIKUWINDHOEKThe United States of America, one of the oldest democracies in the world, will today welcome Joe Biden as its 46th president at a...

Load More