Dubai-based port operator DP World said work on its $1-million Somaliland Water Project is progressing as per schedule.
The project, which began last year, will see the development of four water wells, two shallow pools, two water troughs, a concrete reservoir tank and 7-km-llong pipeline connected to the main water supply.
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The project, powered by a hybrid solar system and a main generator, also includes the construction of a mosque near the water distribution center. It is aimed at increasing the water supply in Berbera by 60 per cent.
Under the project, DP World had already completed the construction of three wells and handed them over to Berbera Municipality.
Besides it had allocated a fourth well and two shallow pools to the local community for providing free drinking water.
The project is part of DP World’s strategy for the sustainable development in Somaliland as the increased water capacity will be required due to the growth of Berbera catalyzed by the Dubai group’s investment in the port and special economic zone, said top official.
Since 2017 DP World have improved Berbera Port’s performance by 70% and increased the port capacity by 50%. Currently DP World Berbera is developing local talents and has trained over 2700 Somalilanders in 2018 locally and overseas.
“This support for Berbera is part of our commitment to help develop the areas in which we operate, and we are confident this project will have important benefits for many people across the region,” remarked Suhail Al Banna, the chief executive and managing director of DP World Middle East and Africa.
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“We are committed to ensuring everything we do leaves long term benefit for people in Somaliland and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the Somaliland authorities and people to help improve the quality of life through key infrastructure and sustainability projects,” he stated.
DP World’s initiatives in Somaliland include the sponsorship of 11 schools, a maritime education academy, two hospitals, and a clinic, said Al Banna.
“It provided 4.5 million liters of water to the drought committee in Berbera in 2017 to support 15,000 families,” he added.