Egypt signs protocol for construction of Wau Dam in South Sudan

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Sat, 26 Jun 2021 - 03:17 GMT

South Sudan dam - Reuters

South Sudan dam - Reuters

CAIRO – 26 June 2021: Egyptian Ministry of Irrigation announced that Egypt signed a technical cooperation protocol with South Sudan, to prepare a draft for feasibility studies for the construction of the multi-purpose Wau Dam in South Sudan.

 

The dam project will be on Siwi River, one of the main branches of the Jur River in western South Sudan, flowing through the Bahr el-Ghazal and Equatoria regions.

 

The multi-purpose Wau Dam project in South Sudan aims to generate 10.40 megawatts of electricity, in addition to providing drinking water to about 500 thousand people, and benefiting from water in supplementary irrigation for about 30-40 thousand feddans.

 

The Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation carried out integrated technical and economic studies for the project with the assistance of experts from the National Water Research Center to prepare hydrological and hydraulic studies, as well as geological, geotechnical, construction and environmental studies and the work of the initial designs for the dam and its facilities.

 

A contract was also made with the Ministry of Electricity and Energy to assign the design work of the electrical station and its accessories and to study its economic feasibility through one of its specialized companies, which cooperated with one of the major consulting offices to prepare the required studies.

 

All technical and economic studies were completed and handed over to the South Sudanese side in a huge workshop held in the city of Wau, in the presence of government officials, technicians, representatives of civil societies in the state and some investment companies in February 2015.

 

This project comes as part of Egypt’s efforts to achieve stability for the people in the region, by solving drinking water problems and protecting them from the dangers of floods, such as the cooperation between Egypt and Tanzania to build the Rovinji Dam.

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