• Rehabilitation of eleven irrigation dams

    Client: Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Water Administration, Albania   
    Project location: Albania  
    Project term: 14 + 12 month  
    Project start: 11/2015


Construction supervision and rehabilitation of eleven dams within the scope of the World Bank’s water resource and irrigation project for Albania


Large parts of the irrigation systems in Albania do not operate with cost coverage, are inadequately maintained and only function partly or not at all. With financing from the World Bank, the water resource and irrigation project for Albania is intended to establish a strategic framework for the management of water resources at the national level and in the river catchment areas of Drin-Buna and Semani, and the performance of the irrigation systems in the project region is to be effectively improved. The project consists of four components.

  • Repair of dams and irrigation and drainage systems
  • Reforms and restructuring of municipal administrations, water authorities and
    associations to improve the performance of water suppliers
  • Development of integrated water resource management at the national level
  • Implementation support

Among other things, pilot projects are being initiated to include farmers, municipal administrations, and public and private water suppliers in the planning process.


Within the scope of this World Bank project, the joint venture GAUFF Engineering Power International and GR Albania-Abkons was commissioned for construction supervision and the rehabilitation of eleven irrigation dams according to the FIDIC Red Book.

The following dams were rehabilitated:

  • Murriz dam: H 17 m, L 3.570 m, retaining capacity 66x106 m3, irrigation area 42,000 ha
  • Kurjan dam: H 17 m, L 540 m, retaining capacity 31.5 x106 m3, irrigation area 6,500 ha
  • Strumi dam: H 17 m, L 700 m, retaining capacity 21.5 x106 m3, irrigation area 3,500 ha
  • Zharrëz dam: H 22 m, L 520 m, retaining capacity 1.9 x106 m3, irrigation area 600 ha
  • Leminoti dam: H 33 m, L 180 m, retaining capacity 1.2 x106 m3, irrigation area 400 ha
  • Koshnica 1 dam: H 31 m, L 300 m, retaining capacity 2.35x106 m3, irrigation area 350 ha
  • Duhanas dam: H 39 m, L 235 m, retaining capacity 1.9x106 m3, irrigation area 550 ha
  • Belesova dam: H 42 m, L 304 m, retaining capacity 1.4x106 m3, irrigation area 912 ha
  • Tregtan 2 dam: H 10 m, L 254 m, retaining capacity 0.06x106 m3, irrigation area 17 ha
  • Tregtan 3 dam: H 42 m, L 137 m, retaining capacity 0.95x106 m3, irrigation area 315 ha
  • Vranisht 2 dam: H 42 m, L 158 m, retaining capacity 0.65x106 m3, irrigation area 217 ha


Review of the work programme and plans
Review of the quantities actually used in construction
Contract and change management
Monthly interim acceptance
Topographical measurements
Environmental impact assessments
Construction supervision
Material testing in the laboratory
Preparation of the inventory plans
Receivables management
Support within the scope of liability for defects in the twelve-month guarantee period

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