Construction is expected to begin in mid-2007 on the 2.6-MW Samendeni Dam and irrigation project on Burkina Faso’s Mouhoun River.
The Burkina Faso government signed a loan agreement in January for 3.6 million Kuwaiti dinars (US$12 million) from the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development. The project is to develop agricultural production by irrigation of 1,500 hectares, with an ultimate goal of irrigating 23,000 hectares.
The project includes a 2.9-kilometer-long, 24.9-meter-tall zoned earth dam; a reservoir of 1 billion cubic meters; a powerhouse at the foot of the dam; a 28-kilometer, 33-kilovolt transmission line; 23 kilometers of main irrigation canals; pumping stations; and secondary irrigation works.
The total project is estimated to cost 37 million dinars (US$127.9 million), of which about 71 percent will be in foreign exchange. The loan is for 25 years including a grace period of five years, at an interest rate of 1.5 percent per annum, in addition to .5 percent per annum to cover administrative costs and other expenses.