Govt. to buy own drilling rigs

12 Jun 2013 11:20
WINDHOEK, 12 JUN (NAMPA) - The Agriculture Ministry will spend close to N.dollars 169 million to buy drilling rigs, extend pipelines and provide maintenance on boreholes as part of a water supply implementation plan.
The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry (MAWF) John Mutorwa announced this during a media conference here on Wednesday, adding that it is time for Government to have its own water drilling rigs.
?Government must have its own water drilling rigs. We are buying two drilling rigs and other accessories for head office. This will be government property,? he said.
The rigs and accessories such as water and diesel tankers will cost N.dollars 45 million, while the timeline for purchasing the rigs for the ministry?s headquarters is set for 30 July 2013.
Accessories include supporting trucks for drilling rigs, water tankers, diesel tankers as well as flatbed trucks.
?Boreholes will be drilled on communal areas for rural communities and will be the property of government,? Mutorwa added.
For the Caprivi Region, about N.dollars 2.9 million will be spend on the siting, drilling and installation of six boreholes before 30 August 2013.
The MAWF will spend more than N.dollars 16 million in the Kavango Region for the siting, drilling and installation of 30 boreholes and also extend six pipelines there. The due date is set for 30 September 2013.
In the Ohangwena Region, the siting, drilling and installation of 16 boreholes and pipeline extensions will cost more than N.dollars 9.2 million, and the due date is set for 30 September 2013.
The siting, drilling and installation of 37 boreholes and pipeline extensions will cost more than N.dollars 24 million for the Oshikoto Region, with the timeline set for 30 September 2013.
The siting, drilling and installation of 11 boreholes and pipeline extensions for the Omusati Region will cost more than N.dollars 11.4 million, with a timeline set for 30 September 2013.
In the Kunene Region, a total of 44 siting, drilling and installation of boreholes and pipeline extensions will take place on or before 15 August 2013 at a cost of more than N.dollars 11 million.
Siting, drilling and installation of eight boreholes and pipeline extensions is targeted for the Otjozondjupa Region at a cost of more than N.dollars 5.5 million, with a timeline by 30 September 2013.
In the Omaheke Region, siting, drilling and installation of seven boreholes took place already in May this year and three more boreholes need to be drilled. This exercise is costing more than N.dollars 3.7 million.
Siting, drilling and installation of 17 boreholes as well as water infrastructure rehabilitation will take place in the Hardap Region at a cost of more than N.dollars 11 million. The due date for installation is set for 30 August 2013.
In the Karas Region, more than N.dollars 24 million will be spend for the drilling and installation of 38 boreholes and water infrastructure rehabilitation. The due date for installation is set for 30 September 2013.
Eight pipeline extensions at a cost of N.dollars 2.6 million are earmarked for the Oshana Region before 30 July 2013.
President Hifikepunye Pohamba declared a state of emergency on the current drought situation in the country on 20 May this year.
(NAMPA)
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