Beni Haroun Dam - a tes­ta­ment of Al­ge­ria-Kuwait co­op­er­a­tion

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

Lo­cated in the city of Mila, 490 kilo­me­ters eastern Al­giers, the Beni Haroun Dam stands as ev­i­dence of na­tional eco­nomic pro­gres­sion as well as a tes­ta­ment of Al­ge­rian-Kuwaiti co­op­er­a­tion. The Kuwait Fund for Arab Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (KFAED) con­trib­uted im­mensely to the com­ple­tion of the project, do­nat­ing mil­lions of Kuwaiti di­nars to help fin­ish project which be­gan con­struc­tion in 2002.

Ac­cord­ing to data by KFAED, the project aimed at meet­ing the de­mand for potable water up for about 3.6 mil­lion in­hab­i­tants in 6 gov­er­norates by 2030. It also aimed at pro­vid­ing pro­vi­sion of water for ir­ri­ga­tion of about 22,000 hectares, through uti­liza­tion of about 504 mil­lion cu­bic me­ters of Beni Haroun Dam. Speak­ing to KUNA about the project, farmer Mo­ham­mad Zawagi said that the dam project brought the area back to life, say­ing that farms now are thriv­ing due to the abun­dance of water.

Also pro­vid­ing his in­put, Agri­cul­tural en­gi­neer Noured­dine Hamouda said that the Beni Haroun Dam opened doors for more pro­fes­sions, not­ing that fish farms could be eas­ily con­structed thanks to the dam. Other than farm­ing and fish­ing, the Beni Haroun Dam gen­er­ated around 180 megawatts of elec­tric­ity, in­creas­ing the power ca­pac­ity in Mila city. With the re­cent dam loan, KFAED pro­vided four loans to Al­ge­ria since 1964, amount­ing to KD 21.8 mil­lion.

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