Common questions

Who built the Lesotho Highlands Water Project?

Who built the Lesotho Highlands Water Project?

“The project will transfer about 2,000 million m³ of water from Lesotho to South Africa every year.” The construction of Mohale Dam was supervised by Mohale Consultants Group. A joint venture of Concor Engineering, Hochtief and Impregilo (lead contractor) was formed for the project.

Who designed the Katse Dam?

Construction. The dam was built by a consortium of Bouygues, Concor, Group 5, Hochtief, Impregilo, Kier Group and Sterling International. The dam was completed in 1996 and the reservoir filled with water by 1997. The total cost of the project was US$8 billion.

How much does South Africa pay Lesotho for water?

As of 2015, royalties paid by South Africa to the Lesotho government amount to R780 million (approximately €50 million), equivalent to about 5% of Lesotho’s state income outside of taxes.

Who are the world’s largest hydroelectric turbines manufacturers?

What are the largest hydropower companies in the world?

  • China Yangtze Power Co – 45.4GW.
  • Centrais Eletricas Brasileiras – 44.2GW.
  • Hydro-Quebec – 36.7GW.
  • RusHydro – 27.6GW.
  • Electricite de France (EDF) – 22.7GW.

How much does the Lesotho Highland water Project Cost?

The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP), the largest bi-national infrastructure project between Lesotho and South Africa worth 37 billion rand ($2.46 billion), has been delayed until 2027 due to funding pressures, COVID-19 delays and protests in Lesotho, reports Reuters.

Does South Africa get water from Lesotho?

Nearly 800 million cubic metres of water go from Lesotho to South Africa in a year, earning the landlocked country billions. But people living in villages near the dams don’t benefit – and even have to get their own water from unprotected sources, from which waterborne diseases spread.

How much did the Katse Dam cost to construct?

Construction on Phase 1 A, the Katse dam, Africa’s highest dam, began soon thereafter and water exports began in 1998. This was followed by Phase 1B with the Mohale dam – completed in 2003. Total estimated cost for Phase 1: $ 3.5 billion.

Who supply South Africa with water?

Rand Water was established in terms of the Water Services Act of 1997 and is categorised as a national government business enterprise in terms of schedule 3B of the Public Finance Management Act of 1999. The water board serves about 19 million people, with the Vaal River system supplying 98% of its bulk water.

What are the disadvantages of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project?

The dam does bring much-needed infrastructure, clean energy and jobs. But there are fears that without broad economic development, those benefits could disappear in the long-run, sending a wave of people from rural Lesotho to South Africa. The dam could flood their fields, and they could lose their livelihoods.

Author Image
Ruth Doyle