The Thwake multipurpose water development program is a priority project in the Government of Kenya’s Vision 2030. It has been labelled one of the country’s most ambitious water development projects, set to transform the semi-arid lower Eastern region of the country.
The staged program is set to be implemented in four phases. The first phase involves the construction of an 80.5m high multi-purpose dam with a storage capacity of 688 million cubic meters and associated preliminary works in preparation for the remaining phases. The new dam reservoir will include a 20MW hydropower facility and provide enhanced water supply and irrigation that will impact approximately 1.3 million people.
SMEC is currently leading design and engineering of the dam, spillway, and powerhouse, currently under construction. SMEC engineers are also overseeing investigations to develop designs for new water treatment facilities and sanitation infrastructure for the later phases.
Earlier in the year the year a section of Athi River was diverted into two giant tunnels to enable excavation works for the rock field dam wall (87m) and installation of the spillways for excess water flow.
SMEC South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Logashri Sewnarain, has been elected a member of the Consulting Engineers South Africa (CESA) Board.
SMEC South Africa has recently directed vital support to The Sozo Foundation, a non-profit organisation situated in the impoverished Cape Flats community of Vrygrond, Cape Town. This financial contribution underscores SMEC's commitment to catalysing positive change in underserved communities.
SMEC Australia are pleased to announce, we have been awarded as the Project Verifier for New England Highway - Singleton Bypass Project, the largest road infrastructure investment in Singleton's history.
Testament to SMEC South Africa's dedication to community development and education is its recent partnership with Letcee (Little Elephant Training Centre) in the rural Midlands of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Letcee is a non-profit organisation dedicated to continually enhancing the quality of Early Childhood Development (ECD) services in the communities it serves.