Lesotho seeks pre-feasibility study of 1,000-MW Monontsa

Lesotho Electricity Co. invites expressions of interest from consultants to perform a pre-feasibility study of the 1,000-MW Monontsa Pumped-Storage project. Responses are due July 9.

The African Development Bank approved a loan and a grant in 2009 totaling 11 million Units of Account (US$16.4 million) for the Lesotho electricity supply project that focuses on renewable energy including mini-hydropower as well as pre-feasibility study of a 1,000-MW pumped-storage project. (HydroWorld 2/9/09)

Nearly all Lesotho’s locally produced electricity comes from 70-MW Muela Dam, part 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 hydro generation. (HydroWorld 5/4/09)

Lesotho Electricity Co. seeks a pre-feasibility study of Monontsa that includes: a topographical survey of the entire site; assessment of geological and geotechnical conditions; assessment of dam types and locations; assessment of reservoir capacities based on dam construction and production costs of the entire power system; hydrology and siltation studies; assessment of environmental and social impacts; preliminary design of main components of the scheme; and assessment of the technical and economic feasibility of the scheme.

Expressions of interest and qualifications, labeled “Request for Expression of Interest for Consulting Services for the Pre-feasibility Study of Monontsa Pumped-Storage Scheme,” are due to the address below by noon July 9. E-mail and faxed applications will not be accepted.

Lesotho Electricity Co. plans to compile a short-list of six firms. For information, contact Managing Director, Lesotho Electricity Supply Co. (Pty) Ltd., Attn.: Motlatsi Mohau, Procurement Officer, LESP Project Implementation Team, 53 Moshoeshoe Road, Industrial Area, Maseru 0100 Lesotho; (266) 2231-2236; Fax: (266) 2232-7647; E-mail: mohau@lec.co.ls, leshoella@lec.co.ls.

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