Neckartal groundbreaking taking place Friday

14 Sep 2013 04:50
WINDHOEK, 14 SEP (NAMPA) - A groundbreaking ceremony for the start of construction work on the multi-billion dollar Neckartal Dam in southern Namibia is set to take place next Friday.
The ceremony will take place some 70 kilometres south of Keetmanshoop near the Fish River on the Aus-Luderitz main road between 09h00 and 14h00.
The Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, John Mutorwa is scheduled to officiate at the event.
This was announced by Margareth Kalo of the Public Relations Department in the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry in a media statement availed to Nampa on Saturday morning.
The Namibian Government through the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry has awarded the tender for the construction of the multi-billion dollar dam project to the Italian dam construction firm, Salini Costruttori S.p.A .
According to the Tender Board, Salini Construttori S.p.A has key experienced people in dam construction, as well as the best technical know-how in the field of the construction of dams.
The Neckartal Dam is to be constructed in the Fish River area, about 40 kilometres west of Keetmanshoop near the settlement of Berseba in the //Karas Region.
The dam will have a wall of 518 metres long and 69,5 metres high, and will create a water reservoir covering an area of about 39 square kilometres.
The dam will provide water for an irrigation scheme, which is to be established on about 5 000 hectares of land downstream from the dam.
The Neckartal Dam, upon completion, will be Namibia's largest dam after the Hardap Dam in the Hardap Region.