NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
The African Development Bank (AfDB) said
Wednesday it has approved two loans worth 27.5 billion shillings
(about 268 million U.S. dollars) for the completion of
construction work on Thwake dam on Thwake River in southern
The African bank
said in a statement that the package was requested by Kenyan
support follows a 76 million euros loan granted by the Bank in
2013 to start building the dam as part of the Thwake
Multi-Purpose Development Program (TMWDP) which aims to provide
drinking water, hydroelectric energy and irrigation,” AfDB said.
Thwake dam, a
strategic water supply project for the large semi-arid area of
Makueni County and surrounding regions, comprises a
multi-purpose dam for water supply, hydropower generation and
It will also provide
regulation of flows on Athi River downstream of the dam for
flood and drought mitigation.
AfDB said the
completion of the 80.5m high multi-purpose dam will enable the
storage of 681 million cubic meters of water, of which 625
million cubic meters will be used for electricity production and
downstream irrigation of agricultural land; 22 million cubic
meters for upstream irrigation and 34 million for human use.
Construction in the
initial phase of the TMWDP project should be completed in
December 2022, the lender said..