Beni Haroun Dam - a testament of Algeria-Kuwait cooperation
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.