The project has capacity to transport water at a 26.4 cu m/second.
The water is diverted from the river through two canals, the Eixo Norte, of 400km and the other, the Eixo Leste, of 220km, and 70% of it would be distributed for irrigation, 26% for urban and industrial use and 4% for rural communities. Two more canals, Eixo Sul and Eixo Oeste, are currently under discussion.
According to the EIA, destination of use should be 70% for irrigation, 26% for industrial use and 4% for the population.
Due to the project, 34 indigenous communities and 153 Quilombola (Afro-descendants) communities risk to disappear. Communities who have not been consulted prior the start of the mega-infrastructure.
The project is to be finalized by the end of 2016 / beginning of 2017 notwithstanding its cost amost doubled to 8.2 billion reais ($3.4 billion).