TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE AND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT FOR DAM DEVELOPMENT


Overview

  • Reference: P-MU-EAZ-001
  • Approval date: 22/04/2014
  • Start date: 15/08/2014
  • Appraisal Date: 10/12/2013
  • Status: OngoingOnGo
  • Implementing Agency: Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities
  • Location: Mauritius

Description

Through the MIC-TAF support, the Dam Review Panel of Experts (DRPoE) will be established. The Panel comprises three independent experts, namely Engineering Geology Expert, Dam Design & Construction Expert and Hydrologist with international standing and will enhance technical review capacity of the MEPU. The Panel will be attached to MEPU and provide overall advisory services from onset of planning for project implementation through the initial phase of operations of the constructed facilities. Obligation of the Panel includes:

(i) Review integrity and safety standards of the dam design;

(ii) Review/amend and finalize the general technical procedure and methodology adopted in dam design;

(iii) Benchmark the adopted standards in dam design to best practices;

(iv) Strengthen capacity of MEPU technical staff involved in the project implementation;

(v) Organize workshop(s) to present and discuss the procedure(s) and methodology to be used for implementation of dam projects;

(vi) Make recommendations for improvement of technical studies for dam development; and vii) Provide the MEPU/AfDB with an independent assessment and review of the technical, environmental, economic and social issues associated with dam project in accordance with AfDB Guidelines.


Objectives

The objective of the proposed support is to augment technical capacity of MEPU by providing independent experts who will ensure the quality of dam planning, design and implementation meet sufficient standard. Three dam experts, namely engineering geology expert, dam design and construction expert and hydrologist will be recruited by the proposed support. Capacity of MEPU staff will also be enhanced through on the job training and technical workshops. The proposed Technical Assistance (TA) will directly support preparation of dam projects which will increase water production capacity for economic and social use. It will contribute to Government of Republic of Mauritius' (GRM) water security commitment with the objectives to: improving total water management system; providing sustainable potable water to all users; and reducing non-revenue water to a minimum. Strengthening storage capacity will also help the country build resilience against climate change and variability.


Rationale

Mauritius is committed to ensure water security of the country and surface water development by enhancement of storage capacity remains a priority. Given the current decreasing trend in precipitation and projected impacts of climate change, the proposed TA does not only contribute to increased water supply capacity, but will also help the country in building a resilient society. The support is in conformity with Pillar II, "Enhance Public Sector Efficiency and Basic Social Service Delivery" of the Country Strategy Paper (CSP). The support will contribute to inclusive growth by contributing to equitable access to water and harnessing water for economic activities. It will also contribute to transition to green growth by building resilience to climate variability and change and improving water resources management.


Benefits

Proposed support will augment technical capacity of MEPU by providing independent experts who will ensure the quality of dam planning, design and implementation meet sufficient standard. Capacity of MEPU staff will also be enhanced through on the job training and technical workshops. The requested support will contribute to equitable and sustainable access to water and harness water for economic activities as well as for environmental needs, which are consistent with the guiding principle of the Bank's Policy for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). The request is also in conformity with Focal Area 1 "Skills for competitiveness and jobs" of the Bank's Human Capital Development Strategy 2013-17 (under preparation), which recognizes need for investment in skill development for infrastructure projects.


Key contacts

SHOJI Hikaru - OWAS2


Costs

Finance source Amount
MICFUAC 300,000
GovernmentUAC 18,000
TotalUAC 318,000