Ameroro Dam is one of the three dams prepared to reduce the risk of flooding and increase the supply of irrigated water in South Sulawesi
Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) is eyeing to complete the construction of Ameroro Dam in Southeast Sulawesi in 2023.

"Ameroro Dam is one of the three dams prepared to reduce the risk of flooding and increase the supply of irrigated water in South Sulawesi," PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono noted in a statement received in Jakarta, Friday.

The first dam is Ladongi, with a capacity of 45.9 million cubic meters and an inundation area of 222 hectares, which will be used to reduce flood risk by 176.62 cubic meters per second and irrigate an irrigation area of 3,604 hectares.

The second is Ameroro Dam, with a capacity of 54.53 million cubic meters and an inundation area of 244 hectares. The third is Pelosika Dam, which will later dam the Konawe River and is currently still under preparation, or in the review design stage.

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The construction of Ameroro Dam began in 2020, with Rp1.6 trillion sourced from the state budget. Currently, the work to build the dam has reached 26.82-percent completion and is targeted to be ready in 2023.

The construction of Ameroro Dam was conducted in two work packages: Package I by contractors PT Wijaya Karya-PT Sumber Cahaya Agung-PT Basuki Rahmanta Putra (KSO) and Package II by PT Hutama Karya-PT Adhi Karya (KSO).

Ameroro Dam is included in the list of National Strategic Projects (PSN) according to Presidential Regulation (Perpres) Number 109 of 2020 to increase the number of water reservoirs in Southeast Sulawesi in order to support food security and water availability programs.

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As a buffer zone for Kendari City, the capital of Southeast Sulawesi, Konawe District is expected to continue to develop, including through development of the nickel industry as well as the agricultural, fishery, and livestock sectors that require raw water sourced from dams. The completion of Ameroro Dam is projected to meet the raw water demand of 511 liters per second.

The dam can accommodate the water flow of Lasolo Konaweha River and can be used for irrigating an area of 3,363 hectares as well as for reducing flooding in the downstream area by 443.3 cubic meters per second.

In addition, it has the potential to be a source for the production of 1.3 Megawatts from Micro-Hydro Power Plants (PLTMH) and 8.2 Megawatts from Solar Power Plants (PLTS) as well as offers new tourist destinations in Konawe District.

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