CAIRO: A South Sudanese delegation is currently in Egypt to discuss construction of a multipurpose dam in Wau city in South Sudan, said the Egyptian Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in a statement Friday.
“A high-level delegation of technical experts from South Sudan’s Ministries of Water, Finance and Environment is visiting Cairo during the period May 9 to23 to review and discuss the latest developments of technical and economic feasibility studies of the construction of multipurpose Wau Dam,” according to the statement.
Egypt’s Minister of Water resources and Irrigation Hossam Moghazy has ratified studies on the dam during his visit to Juba for bilateral discussions on May 8.
Egypt’s Ministry of Electricity and Renewable Resources Mohamed Shaker has been mandated to review feasibility studies to construct an electricity plant to be affiliated with the dam, said the statement.
The dam would provide drinkable water to 500,000 people, cultivate around 40,000 acres, store 2 billion cubic meters of water, and provide 10.4 megawatt of electricity annually, Moughazy was quoted as saying in the statement. He noted that the cost of the project is estimated at $ 1.2 billion.
The Minister said donor countries and international bodies are invited to participate in funding the project.
In October, Moughazy stated that the dam posed no threat to Egypt and all studies have been conducted in cooperation with Egypt.
Egypt is carrying out several projects in South Sudan, including the digging of 30 underground wells for about 500,000 citizens and a pumping station built in Wau by Egypt’s Arab Contractors Company.