It’s a moment to be proud of. FCG ANZDEC has successfully completed the Asian Development Bank (ADB) funded transaction technical assistance “Preparing the Arghandab Integrated Water Resources Development Investment Project” in Afghanistan. The ensuing project will help improve Afghanistan’s agricultural productivity, water resources management, energy generation, and growth outlook. In September 2019, ADB approved a US$349 million grant financing the raising of the second largest dam in the country and improving agriculture.
In Kandahar, Afghanistan’s southern province, Dahla Dam is the main source of water. However, since its construction in 1952, the reservoir has lost 40% of storage capacity due to siltation, and hence its ability to provide regulated downstream flow has been seriously constrained. Unreliable water for irrigation is recognized as a key constraint to agricultural productivity and moreover, Dahla Dam has not supplied water to downstream urban communities, and its hydropower potential has not been developed.
During past two years, FCG ANZDEC team has worked tirelessly, focused on making a difference in people’s lives in Kandahar province. FCG ANZDEC led the transaction technical assistance (TRTA) and prepared documentation for four investment projects: (i) raising Dahla Dam and six saddle dams; (ii) irrigation and agriculture development; (iii) improving water supply for Kandahar City; and (iv) Dahla Dam hydroelectric power development.
Regarding the raising of the dam component, construction works will include raising the main dam, six saddle dams, spillways, and other associated structures to increase the full reservoir level by 13.6 meters and storage capacity from 288 million cubic meters (mcm) to 782 mcm, while also realigning 9.6 kilometers of road that will be affected.
For the irrigation and agriculture components, the project will increase irrigation water supply by upgrading canals and structures, as well as introducing monitoring and control systems that will allow water-on-demand service. Climate-smart irrigation and agricultural technologies and practices will be adopted to improve production and sustainability. Female farmers will be empowered through training, scholarships, technology transfer, and advisory services.
The hydropower component will be undertaken by the private sector and the water supply component for Kandahar City will be funded by the World Bank.
In September 2019, ADB approved a $349 million grant financing the raising of the dam and irrigation and agriculture components, lightening the future of Kandahar province. FCG ANZDEC is thrilled and satisfied to witness the ADB grant approval. This is not just another completed project, this is a step towards better lives in Afghanistan. This is the key goal of all FCG ANZDEC’s operations – sustainable future for everyone.