KENYA: Sogea-Satom to supply water to Kiambu from Ruiru II dam

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KENYA: Sogea-Satom to supply water to Kiambu from Ruiru II dam©Sogea Satom

Representatives of Sogea-Satom, the subsidiary of the French group Vinci, have just met the Kenyan authorities to discuss a project to supply drinking water from the Ruiru II dam near Nairobi. Sogea-Satom is developing the project as part of a public-private partnership (PPP) with its partner, the French company Egis.

The Ruiru II dam construction project is about to enter its construction phase. Its developers, the French company Sogea-Satom and his compatriot Egis recently met Ukur Kanacho Yatani, the secretary of the cabinet at the National Treasury & Planning. The discussions focused on the launch of construction work on the dam, which will be located upstream from the Ruiru I dam, near the Kenyan capital Nairobi.

The project developed within the framework of a public-private partnership (PPP) will allow the construction of an earth dam 50 m high and 260 m long, on the Ruiru and Bathi rivers. “Once the construction phase has begun, Egis will be closely involved in supervising the works, including the management of the site laboratory, the installation of the dam’s instrumentation system and the monitoring of the social and environmental aspects of the project”, says Egis.

An investment of more than $67 million

The dam reservoir, which will be capable of storing 7,500,000 m3 of water, will be filled during the rainy season and used for water supply throughout the year. Sogea-Satom and Egis will also build a drinking water plant that will pump water directly into the dam basin via a 16.5 km long intake and pipeline.

The water treatment plant that will be built in the locality of Ndumberi, (near the town of Kiambu) will have a capacity of 40,000 m3 per day. The plant will be connected to a 5,000 m3 storage tank in Kiambu and a second 10,000 m3 storage tank in the city of Karuri. Sogea-Satom and Egis will invest more than 67 million dollars in the development of this drinking water project. The two companies will be able to count on the support of Deutsche Bank, a financial institution based in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.

Jean Marie Takouleu

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