South Sudan: Greater Bahr-el Gazal Dredging Project Kicks Off

According to Sudan Tribune, the dredging work began last week on a $26.6 million five year project to clear the rivers of Greater Bahr-el Gazal and Unity State to allow them to be navigable by boat.

South Sudan’s Ministry of Water and Irrigation has inked memorandums of understanding (MoU) with the Egyptian Ministry of Water and Irrigation and this project will be carried out by the MAM Group, an Egyptian company.

“The teams from the Egyptian company are working to deepen the river to allow more boats to transport goods and people,” stated William Gatjang Gieng, Unity State Minister of Environments and Natural Resources in Unity.

One team will dredge the Naam River from Rubkotna junction in Unity State to Lake No just north of the Sudd swamp, where the Bahr el Ghazal River meets the River Kiir, also known as the Bahr el Arab.

The government hopes that this dredging project will allow goods and services to flow more freely and make it easier to trade and do business.

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Dredging Today Staff, March 22, 2012;

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