Some Kunene water supply projects to be completed in December

24 Jan 2018 17:00pm
WINDHOEK, 24 JAN (NAMPA) – Some components of the Kunene Transboundary Water Supply project are expected to be completed by December this year and are envisaged to bring immense relief to the people of Namibia and Angola.
The Kunene Transboundary Water Supply project is a binational project, which was conceptualised through the Permanent Joint Water Commission on the Kunene River, a bi-national commission set up to advise the two countries’ governments on issues relating to the utilisation and preservation of water resources of the Kunene River.
Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry John Mutorwa said in a media statement issued here Wednesday the components of the Kunene Transboundary Water Supply include the new potable water supply scheme to Calueque village in Angola and the Oshakati-Santa Clara pipeline construction, including pump stations and rehabilitation/upgrading of existing pump stations.
The minister explained that the two countries are currently engaged in bilateral discussions on how to share responsibilities relating to the operation and maintenance of the Calueque Dam.
“There are also other projects underway, such as the Baynes Hydropower Project, through which the two countries are engaged in binational discussions,” Mutorwa said.
The two governments intend to build the hydropower plant and dam downstream of the Epupa Falls at Baynes along the Kunene River.
The Baynes Hydropower Project is strategically important to both Angola and Namibia in tackling power supply deficits.
Mutorwa said these projects are aimed at supplying the people of the two countries with reliable sources of energy.