Construction work on the Neckartal Dam worth US $0.21bn, which is progressing as scheduled, is expected to be completed in 36 months time. This is according to Project Manager of the company undertaking the construction – Salini SpA- Fabrizio Lazzarin.
The government of Namibia awarded the contract for construction of the dam to the company at the end of 2013. Lazzarin has also said that a roller compacted concrete plant, which is to be set up near the construction site of the dam, is expected to be completed by March 2015 as it was very important part of the dam construction project.
The dam will be made from roller compacted concrete and will be 80 meters high. Excavation work on the right and left flank dam walls are currently underway.
The Neckartal dam is located on the Fish River, Karas Region and will be the first ever phase of Neckartal Irrigation Scheme. It will harness water from the Fish River and will have the capacity to hold up to 857m3 of water – the water will be used in the irrigation of 5000 hectares of land for agricultural development. Some of the water will also be used for energy production for electricity in the region.
Part of the dam construction project will be construction of a crossing and pumping station 13 kilometers from the new dam.