The construction of a dam on the Orange River in the Northern Cape, which could rival the Vaal Dam in terms of storage capacity, is expected to commence in 2024, according to IOL News. The dam will supply water to the Lower Orange System for a period of 21 years from the date of commissioning.
Spokesperson for the Northern Cape Department of Water Affairs, Amogelang Moholoeng, said that the feasibility studies for the dam were going very well.
“If all goes according to plan, the construction of the dam will commence in 2024.”
According to Moholoeng, the recommended site for the dam is on the Lower Orange River, approximately 6km upstream of the Noordoewer and Vioolsdrift border post.
“Various options are being considered in terms of the size of the dam, with the recommended sizes of 35m to 73m for the height of the dam wall. The possible maximum storage capacity could be 2 800 million cubic metres, which is similar to the Vaal Dam.
The construction camp for the proposed dam will be located in the vicinity of Noordoewer. The proposed dam will lead to the inundation of irrigated areas of approximately eight square kilometres. In addition, it will also inundate the town of Goodhouse, as well as a number of farms along both banks of the Orange River, the majority of which consist of established irrigable land.
Source: IOL News