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Construction of the four pipelines will take approximately seven to fifteen years to build and will cost approximately 20 to 25 Billion USD each.
The Okapi Pipelines
Four (4) 4-meter pre-stressed concrete cylindrical pipes (PCCP) will be laid in a ditch approximately eight to ten (8 - 10) meters deep and twenty-five (25) to fifty (50) meters wide. Within this corridor, an all-weather road and/or railroad will be constructed from Lisala, through Central Africa Republic (CAR), to Lake Chad and to selected areas of Chad and Libya.
Extensive water treatment facilities will be built at Lisala where fresh water will be taken from the Congo River. Reservoirs will be established where required from which water will be distributed to Lake Chad and selected locations in Libya, Sudan, Namibia and South Africa along the pipe line route. Water for North Africa (Chad, Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria) will be pumped directly into Lake Chad. Major pumping (10 – 15) and pressure reduction stations will be built, operated and maintained along the Pipeline.