A Witteveen+Bos-led consortium has been selected to carry out the feasibility studies and implementation of a project for the rehabilitation of nine water reservoirs in Burkina Faso, and their catchment areas.
Other companies that make up the consortium are BERA (a Burkinabe engineering firm that operates in the fields of Civil Engineering, Water & Sanitation), Deltares (an independent, institute for applied research in the field of water, subsurface, and infrastructure), Netics (a network-centric organization, focused on research and business development in civil engineering) and Bureau M2 (a company that provides advice and carries out project management, in particular for projects in the field of water, space and sustainability).
This is according to tender results published by Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) or rather the Netherlands Enterprise Agency, of the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy and the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality.
Duration of the feasibility studies
According to Witteveen+Bos, the feasibility studies to determine the current situation in terms of biophysical, social, and institutional aspects, will take place for a duration of two years and will be financed by RVO.
The Dutch agency will also support AEG, NEA, and the West African country’s government in the process of mobilizing financial resources for the implementation of the entire project.
The rehabilitation of the reservoirs themselves, (including sediment management strategies, dam strengthening, and dredging), will take place in four years’ time from the start date of the actual work.
As part of the project, the developed solutions will be further refined into detailed designs to protect the water resources now and in the future and generate income for the local communities.