Bank seeks consultants to revamp Lesotho water, power regulation

The World Bank invites expressions of interest from consultants to develop economic and financial regulatory models for the water and electricity sectors of Lesotho. Responses are due May 12.

Nearly all Lesotho’s locally produced electricity comes from 70-MW Muela Dam, commissioned in 1998 as part of Phase 1 of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. Since power-strapped South Africa has been rationing power it supplies to Lesotho, its smaller neighbor has been seeking ways to boost generation at Muela and to generate hydro at other sites. (HNN 2/9/09)

The bank said the consultant is expected to diagnose the overall existing regulatory framework and to introduce accounting needs, procedures, and guidelines for regulated water and electricity operators, identified as Water and Sewerage Authority, Lesotho Electricity Corp., and Lesotho Highlands Development Authority – Muela Hydropower Plant.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, in English, are to be submitted by May 12, electronically via the World Bank Group eConsultant Internet site, www.worldbank.org/wbgeconsultant. Short-listed firms are to be invited to submit bids.

For information, contact Michaela J. Weber, World Bank, 1818 H St., N.W., Washington, DC 20433; (1) 202-458-5154; E-mail: mweber@worldbank.org.

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