South Africa sets out to solve shortages of water in Western Cape

Three joint ventures have been invited to submit tenders for the construction of the Berg River Dam in the Western Cape region of South Africa.

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By  Eudore Chand Published  December 30, 2003

Three joint ventures have been invited to submit tenders for the construction of the Berg River Dam in the Western Cape region of South Africa. The dam will be designed to increase water storage in the area by almost 20%. The groups invited to submit tenders were made up of: Hochtief Construction, Concor Holdings and IDAMA JV; Grinaker-LTA, Group 5 Construction, WBHO Construction and Western Cape Empowerment Contractors; and Cbpo Engenharia, Basil Read and the Consortium of Emerging Civil Contractors. Tenders have to be in by March next year. The contract will be awarded on April 30, with construction work scheduled to start on June 1. TCTA, the implementation and funding body of the Berg Water Project, said today the dam would deliver 81 million cubic metres (m³) a year. It will be the first modern concrete-faced rock fill dam to be constructed in South Africa. It will be located on the upper reaches of the Berg River, 5 km west of Franschhoek, and will be 60m high with a storage capacity of 130 million m². TCTA said the Berg Water Project will be used to overcome the looming water shortage in the city of Cape Town and for agricultural users supplied by the Riviersonderend-Berg River government water scheme.

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