South Sudan’s Water Resources Minister Paul Mayom Akec has said in a statement on Friday that his country would construct a hydro-power dam at Wau, some 509 kilometers (316 miles) northwest of the current capital, Juba.
According to him, the dam will also be used to store water for irrigation.
South Sudan will also pursue membership in the Nile Basin Initiative, NBI, a regional body that works to develop water resources in riparian nations on the world’s longest river.
Nile water issues are a tricky matter in East Africa, with Egypt maintaining a lion’s share of water from the world’s largest river.
Egypt and Ethiopia recently met in Cairo to discuss ways of pushing forward on Nile River development projects. The two sides have appeared to let recent quarrels over dam construction subside and they announced a number of partnerships to work together on developing water resources along the Nile Basin.
The total existing generation capacity in South Sudan is about 25 MW of thermal capacity. It has vast hydroelectric power potential and over 2,105 MW of potential hydroelectric project sites which are under feasibility study. Some of these prospective hydro power plants are Fula 890 MW, Shukoli 235 MW, Lakki 410 MW and Bedden 570 MW.