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GOALS OF THE MEROWE DAM PROJECT

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According to the Dams Implementation Unit, the Merowe Dam project is a, "multipurpose scheme for hydropower generation."

 

The ten objectives of the Merowe Dam Project, as listed by the Dams Implementation Unit are:


1. To generate electricity power to meet the increasing demand for purposes of economical and social development.


2. To provide relatively cheap electricity power to improve the irrigated agriculture in the country.


3. To benefit from the flow irrigation for the upper stream river to achieve agricultural development, and to improve the breeds of agricultural seeds.


4. To use the electricity to pump up the ground water and use it to expand the agricultural sector.


5. To establish industrial projects, food industry projects, and mining fields that depends on the electricity as a main energy source.


6. To introduce fishing industry in the Dam’s lake.


7. To protect the downstream areas from the destructive floods.


8. To improve the river transportation.


9. To improve the living standards of the local residents in the area of the project, by creating investments and new job opportunities.


10. To reduce the pressure on the current dams, especially with regard to the struggle for water use for irrigation or power generation.