Lesotho names engineering manager for Metolong Dam project

The government of Lesotho has selected a U.S. consultant to serve as engineering manager for the proposed Metolong Dam on the Phuthitsana River near Metolong, Lesotho.

A US$1 million contract was awarded to Paul J. Collins to represent the Metolong Program Implementation Unit in implementation of the engineering aspects of Metolong, a Lesotho Lowlands Water Supply project that is to supply domestic and industrial water to six lowland districts of Lesotho. (HydroWorld 2/17/09)

The five-year contract includes overview of engineering aspects of the project, anticipating possible engineering problems, overseeing pre-commissioning and commissioning activities, and risk management activities.

The Millennium Challenge Corp. (MCC), an international development agency created by the United States, made an agreement with the Lesotho government to provide US$362.5 million to facilitate economic growth and poverty reduction. The government, acting through the Millennium Challenge Account Lesotho (MCA-Lesotho), plans to use part of the funding for the consulting services for Metolong Dam.

MCC and the government previously selected Mott MacDonald Ltd. of the United Kingdom to update a feasibility study of Metolong Dam.

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