Two Chinese companies sign contract to build dams complex in eastern Sudan

10:13, April 07, 2010      

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Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir attends a contract signing ceremony of dams complex in eastern Sudan held in Khartoum, Sudan, April 6, 2010. (Xinhua/Zhang Ning)

Sudan's Dams Implementation Unit (DIU) on Tuesday signed a contract with the China Three Gorges Corporation (CTGC) and the China Water and Electric Corporation ( CWE) to implement the Upper Atbara Dams Complex Project in eastern Sudan.

The contract was signed in Khartoum in the presence of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir and a number of ministers.

"The project constitutes one of the great dreams of the citizens of eastern Sudan and tends to sustain the flow of water in Atbara River throughout the year," said Osama Abdullah, DIU executive manager, when addressing the signing ceremony.

"The project also tends to provide irrigation water for new Halfa and upper Atbara agricultural projects," he added.

He said the project is comprised of two dams which extend for 15 km in total, and a lake with a storage capacity of 2.7 billion cubic meters.

He added that the project would be completed in 65 months and the total cost of the project amounted to 838 million U.S. dollars.

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