Battambang dam 98 percent complete

Construction of a $100 million dam project and the largest reservoir in Battambang province is 98 percent complete and scheduled to be finished before Khmer New Year in April. The Battambang Multipurpose Dam, located in Ratanak Mondul district’s Plov Meas commune, has dikes connecting one mountain with another to create a reservoir with a storage capacity of 286 million cubic meters of water. According to the Ministry of Water Resources and Meteorology, water will be distributed along the Sangke river and driven through the main canal and sub-canals to irrigate an area of 47,000 hectares of wet paddy and 12,000 hectares of dry paddy in three districts: Ratanak Mondul, Banan and Mong Russey. The dam will generate up to 130MW of hydroelectric power, improve the irrigation system, serve as flood control and provide water for consumption to Battambang City. 

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