24. July 2020

Implementation phase of Janjari’s irrigation system in Albania begins

Survey works at the dilapidated irrigation canal of Janjari

The barrage of Mursi also has to be rehabilitated

Planning of the rehabilitation works at the Janjari irrigation system

In June 2020, the construction works for the restoration of the irrigation system of Janjari begun. The core elements of the system are the Janjari canal and the Mursi canal as well as the corresponding barrages, located in the far south of the country, in the border region to Greece.

The working group of engineers GAUFF GmbH & Co. Engineering KG, GR Albania and YOLSU have been commissioned with the rehabilitation works for the Janjari irrigation system in March 2019. Those works include feasibility studies, detailed design studies for the irrigation and drainage diagram of the Janjari canal and the Mursi canal as well as plans for the social and environmental management (ESMP) for the corresponding irrigation infrastructures. In addition, workshops with stakeholders were conducted to determine the preferred option for the rehabilitation (gravity irrigation) and the modernization (siphonic irrigation). The construction supervision of the rehabilitation works is also included.

The commissioner of this World-Bank financed project is the Albanian Ministry of agriculture and rural development (MARD), the Ministry being, among others, in charge of the operation, the maintenance and the modernization of the I & D infrastructure (I & D = Irrigation and Drainage) as well as for the security of the irrigation dams and the flood protection systems.

After having successfully completed the feasibility study, the report concerning the security of the dams and the rehabilitation, the design of the rehabilitation including  technical specifications, the assessment of the quantity structure (BoQ) as well as the ESMP study for the reservoirs of Mursi and Janjari, the construction phase for the implementation of the system is now running and GAUFF Engineering is in charge of its construction supervision.

The construction works are supposed to be completed within eight months and are going to be followed by a warranty period of twelve months.