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Completion of Kamuzu Barrage to delay further

Malawian’s will have to wait a little longer before they start using the upgraded Kamuzu Barrage in Liwonde with latest information indicating that the project will delay by a minimum of six months.

Through Shire River Basin Management Programme, Malawi in 2014 embarked on a project to upgrade Kamuzu Barrage which is considered to have been past its lifespan. The $50 million-project was expected to be completed in October 2017.

But briefing the Media about the progress of the project on Thursday, both Malawi government site representative, Tony Nyasulu, and Project Manager for the supervising consultant, Johan Skorve, revealed that the project will not be completed as initially indicated due to delay in finalising some of the civil and mechanical works.

While expressing concern with the delay, the experts expressed satisfaction with the work which is being done during the first phase of the project.

“As government, we are very much satisfied with the quality of work which is being put in place here. We hope that by the end of December 2016 or early January 2017, we will be through with the first phase and that we will start controlling water at the barrage using the new gates installed at the new barrage,” said Nyasulu.

He further dismissed fears that the incoming rain season might delay the project further, saying most of the works that are carried at the site can be done during the rain season.

In his remarks, Skorve, whose Norplan Consulting film of Norway is the main designer of the project, expressed optimism that by mid 2018, Malawi will have a state-of-the-art barrage, which he said will have a longer life span than the current one.

“Construction works for the barrage were supposed to be finished by October 2017, but we had a problem with fabrication of gates in India. Due to that delay, the project will delay. But the delay will not compromise the quality of the work in any way,” said Skorve.

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