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.
We are delighted to announce a momentous achievement that signifies a paradigm shift in the construction of Water Supply Tanks. For the first time in India, as part of the esteemed Jal Jeevan Mission Scheme by the Government of India, a pre-cast overhead water tank has been successfully erected in Karnataka.
SMEC recently collaborated with the Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre (TRCRC) for a tree planting event at the Elmina Rainforest Knowledge Centre in Selangor, Malaysia. Attended by 28 employees, the initiative aimed to support rainforest conservation, aligning with SMEC’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) priorities, specifically focusing on sustainability.
South African National Roads Agency Limited’s N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR) serves as a shining example of a catalytic infrastructure project that combines socio-economic benefits and engineering ingenuity.
SMEC has recently forged a partnership with the Grass Skirt Project to champion the cause of community empowerment, particularly women’s health, through sports and health initiatives in Papua New Guinea. This collaboration involved sponsoring four rugby league teams in the recent Hevea Cup & Wellness Exhibition (HCWE) 2023 in Port Moresby.