Neckartal handed over to government in Sept

The dam is set to become the largest water storage dam in Namibia, carrying about 960 million cubic metres.

07 March 2019 | Economics

Salini needs to test if the other features of the dam are working or in operation, such as the hydropower generation plant. – Beatus Kasets, CRO: //Kharas Regional Council

KEETMANSHOOP – The chief regional officer of the //Kharas Regional Council, Beatus Kasete, says the newly-constructed Neckartal Dam will be handed over to the government in September this year.

In an interview with Nampa after his visit to the dam recently, the newly-appointed CRO said Salini Impregilo, the Italian company building the da, informed him that the dam is 98.8% completed.

The visit to the dam was part of Kasete’s familiarisation visits within the region to acquaint himself with projects that are completed and those in progress after his appointment as CRO in November last year.

“The dam is completed 98.8% and according to Salini, they need to test if the other features of the dam are working or in operation, such as the hydropower generation plant,” said Kasete.

Last October the minister of agriculture, water and forestry, Alpheus !Naruseb, said the dam was 100% complete and “only awaits rain”.

Neckartal Dam is located in the Berseba Constituency and its construction started in 2013. The dam will cost government more N$5.7 billion once completed and will supply water to a 5 000 hectare irrigation scheme. The irrigation scheme project is expected to employ around 800 employees and over 1 000 during harvest time, according to the ministry.

The dam is set to become the largest water storage dam in Namibia, carrying about 960 million cubic metres. It is three times the size of Hardap Dam near Mariental in the Hardap Region, which is currently the largest dam in the country. - Nampa

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