- A Chinese group has launched a project to end the shortage of drinking water for the over 250,000 residents of Pemba, the capital of Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique.
The Power Construction Corp. of China (PowerChina) said that the contract includes construction of three reservoirs, a distribution network of almost 185 kilometres and the repair of four reservoirs, according to a statement issued Wednesday.
The Chinese state-owned group gave assurances that, after completion of the work, scheduled for June 2023, the project will strengthen the supply and increase water pressure, improving the quality of life of Pemba’s residents.
The contract, signed with Mozambique’s Water Supply Investment and Assets Fund (FIPAG), will be in the hands of a PowerChina subsidiary, Sinohydro Bureau 11 Co Ltd.
In October, Sinohydro said the project would include a water tower with a capacity of 250 cubic metres and three reservoirs with a capacity of 2,000 cubic metres each.
The Mozambican government had already indicated that FIPAG was investing US$40 million (€35 million) to strengthen the water supply to Pemba, in addition to increasing treatment capacity from 15 to 35,000 cubic metres of water, allowing the supply to Pemba to be extended from six to 16 hours per day.
Author: Bryan Groenendaal