Sudan dam expansion
Officials in Sudan have inaugurated a major new dam project designed to boost power supply and improve agricultural irrigation. A Chinese firm, funded by backers based in the Gulf region, has heightened and expanded the Roseiris Dam on the Blue Nile near the country’s southeastern border with Ethiopia for an estimated US$441.5 million (€336.8m) over four years. The project added 10 metres in height and expanded it to 25km in length from 13km previously, helping increase storage capacity to 7.4 billion cubic metres and allowing greater power generation. The expanded dam will also provide irrigation for 2 million feddans (around 840 000 hectares) of new farmland in several states which will boost agricultural production, according to industry minister Abdul-Wahab Mohammed Osman. An extra 3 million feddan of existing farmland will now get irrigation for the whole year, not just during the rainy season, he explained.