Rehabilitating Malawi dam

Multiconsult has signed a contract to provide follow-up for the rehabilitation and conversion of the Kamuzu Barrage at Liwonde in Malawi.

24. November 2014

This assignment is worth NOK 38 million, with about two-thirds of its value being carried out by Multiconsult personnel in Norway as well as its representative at the construction site. Multiconsult’s partner, Willy & Partners from Blantyre, will provide the remaining site team of about 10 people.

Detail design and preparation of tender documents for the project were carried out by Multiconsult in 2010–2013, and work started in October.

The Kamuzu Barrage is a 140-metre-long concrete dam with 14 segment gates which regulate the water level in Lake Malawi and are important for optimising flow to several downstream hydropower stations and irrigation facilities. A considerable volume of vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians crosses the dam, including both through traffic and locals in Liwonde.

– Rehabilitation includes new automated gates, improved conditions for pedestrians and cyclists and a new road bridge for motor vehicles. In addition comes upgraded equipment for dealing with water hyacinths and other floating plants and reeds in the river, says Anders Gustav Pettersen, section head for power stations at Multiconsult’s energy business area in Oslo.

The contract was signed in May 2014, and work began immediately on tender evaluations and the award of construction contracts. Activity on site began in October 2014 and is due to last for 36 months. The contract itself runs for 44 months and has been awarded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development on behalf of the Government of Malawi.