Neckartal Dam to be handed over to Government in September: Kasete

06 Mar 2019 07:00am
KEETMANSHOOP, 06 MAR (NAMPA) – The //Kharas Regional Council’s Chief Regional Officer (CRO), 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 that Salini Impregilo, the Italian company building the dam informed him that the dam is 98,8 per cent 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 per cent 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 and in September they will hand it over to Government,” said Kasete.
Last year in October the Minister of Agriculture, Water and Forestry, Alpheus !Naruseb announced to the nation that the dam was 100 per cent complete and “only awaits rain”.
Neckartal Dam is located in the Berseba Constituency and its construction started in 2013. The dam will cost the Namibian Government over N.dollars 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) at three times the size of Hardap Dam near Mariental in the Hardap Region - which is currently the largest dam in the country.