The project includes its own independent power center and a wireless control system, enabling efficient operation by local staff.
Owini built, equipped and implemented operation of an earthen dam to retain water, a water treatment system and water supply infrastructure feeding surrounding farmlands, enabling the use of efficient modern irrigation systems and boosting crop yields.
This project required major earthworks to be carried out in a remote area, including the transport and installation of heavy-duty electromechanical systems.
The water retention project was designed for low-maintenance, long-life operation by local personnel.
Owini helped make adaptations to local crop planting patterns in order to achieve maximal benefit from the new center-pivot irrigation system.
SDGs we followed
Earthen dam Hight
Enabled irrigation of field crops
Shaul Oren is Owini’s CTO.
Part of my job is to oversee the design and planning of Owini’s projects, and to provide engineering support during construction. In coordination with the designer and various consultants, we aim to define in detail the project’s desired outcome, supervising the entire process until a final planning folder is in place. It’s a very interesting and complex challenge, which sometimes includes resolving the contradictory agendas of the various parties involved. Effective communication among designers, consultants, suppliers and subcontractors is essential.
Sometimes, we have to re-think our approach. Initially, we designed the pumping station with large diesel engines that rotate generators which, in turn, feed electrical motors that rotate the pumps. But high cost estimates prompted us to revise the concept so that the diesel engines directly rotate the pumps. This simplified the system, saved significant capital expenditures and decreased projected operating expenses. Owini’s approach stresses on-time and on-budget delivery. The dam and irrigation system were designed to have a very long lifespan. Furthermore, this project will create many new employment opportunities for people in the area.
“Effective communication…is essential.”