Part­ners win M74m LHWP ten­der

…con­tract the big­gest the wa­ter pro­ject has awarded to-date

Lesotho Times - - News - Staff Re­porter

THE Le­sotho High­lands De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (LHDA) has awarded Poli­hali In­fra­struc­ture Con­sul­tants (Pty) Ltd a M74.3 mil­lion con­tract for the plan­ning, de­sign and con­struc­tion su­per­vi­sion of hous­ing and as­so­ci­ated in­fra­struc­ture for Phase II of the Le­sotho High­lands Wa­ter Pro­ject (LHWP).

The LHWP is a multi-phase, bi-na­tional ini­tia­tive es­tab­lished by a 1986 Treaty be­tween Maseru and Pre­to­ria, and in­volves the con­struc­tion of dams and wa­ter-trans­fer tun­nels in the two neigh­bour­ing na­tions, and the gen­er­a­tion of hy­dro-elec­tric power in Le­sotho.

South Africa seeks to aug­ment its wa­ter­sup­ply for both do­mes­tic and in­dus­trial use through the pro­ject, while Le­sotho ex­pects to ben­e­fit from in­fra­struc­ture such as roads, as well as roy­al­ties and elec­tric­ity from the ini­tia­tive.

Phase I of the LHWP, con­sist­ing of the con­struc­tion of Katse and Mo­hale dams, Muela hy­dropower sta­tion and as­so­ci­ated tun­nels, was in­au­gu­rated in 2004, and Phase II pro­cesses were sub­se­quently ini­ti­ated in 2010. The M15 bil­lion Phase II would, among oth­ers, see Poli­hali Dam be­ing con­structed at the con­flu­ence of Khubelu and Senqu rivers be­gin­ning 2017, with the pro­ject ear­marked for com­ple­tion in 2022.

The LHDA is the im­ple­ment­ing and man­age­ment au­thor­ity of the LHWP on be­half of Le­sotho, while in South Africa, the pro­ject is gov­erned by the Trans-cale­don Tun­nel Au­thor­ity.

Ac­cord­ing to the LHDA, Poli­hali In­fra­struc­ture Con­sul­tants is a joint-ven­ture be­tween Mott Mac­don­ald PDNA (Pty) Ltd and Khatleli To­mane Moteane (Pty) Ltd. The con­tract in­cludes the prepa­ra­tion of pre­lim­i­nary and de­tailed ar­chi­tec­tural and en­gi­neer­ing de­signs of both tem­po­rary and per­ma­nent pro­ject hous­ing and re­lated in­fra­struc­ture. It will also in­volve pre­lim­i­nary and de­tailed de­sign of util­i­ties, prepa­ra­tion of ten­ders and con­tract doc­u­ments, as well as the pro­cure­ment of con­struc­tion con­tracts.

The con­sor­tium is also man­dated with su- per­vis­ing the con­struc­tion pro­gramme and en­vi­ron­men­tal mon­i­tor­ing.

Work be­gan at the be­gin­ning of this month, and is sched­uled for com­ple­tion to­wards the end of 2021.

LHDA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Re­filoe Tlali, said the con­tract was part of ad­vance in­fra­struc­ture works that must be com­pleted to fa­cil­i­tate the con­struc­tion of Poli­hali dam, a trans­fer tun­nel and the hy­dropower sta­tion.

“This is the big­gest of the Phase II con­tracts con­cluded so far this year. The qual­ity of its de­liv­er­ables and im­por­tance of its timeous com­ple­tion can­not be over em­pha­sised, given Phase II’S time­lines and con­tri­bu­tion the pro­ject-im­ple­men­ta­tion is ex­pected to make to the lo­cal econ­omy,” said Ms Tlali.

“The LHDA is con­fi­dent the Poli­hali In­fra­struc­ture Con­sul­tants Joint Ven­ture, com­pris­ing Mott Mac­don­ald PDNA (Pty) Ltd and Khatleli To­mane Moteane (Pty) Ltd, has the ca­pac­ity to de­liver the brief.”

Some of the struc­tures built as part of the con­tract, the LHDA noted in a state­ment, were in­tended for long-term use.

“These in­clude staff ac­com­mo­da­tion in the Poli­hali reser­voir area which will be built as a vil­lage with all ap­pro­pri­ate as­so­ci­ated fa­cil­i­ties; a visi­tors’ lodge at the staff vil­lage which will be­come a tourist fa­cil­ity and the em­ployer’s and engi­neer’s of­fices at the dam site which will be­come the oper­a­tions staff of­fices and a visi­tors cen­tre on com­ple­tion of the scheme,” the au­thor­ity in­di­cated.

On his part, Mott Mac­don­ald’s Africa Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Dempsey Naidoo, said the com­pany was equal to the chal­lenge be­cause of its vast ex­pe­ri­ence in Africa and be­yond.

“The next phase of what’s al­ready proved one of the world’s most suc­cess­ful cross-bor­der wa­ter-col­lab­o­ra­tion projects will bring ben­e­fits be­yond in­creased wa­ter and elec­tric­ity sup­ply, and we are de­lighted at this op­por­tu­nity to con­trib­ute fur­ther to the re­gion’s eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment,” said Mr Naidoo.

“Draw­ing on our plan­ning, de­sign and con­struc­tion man­age­ment ex­pe­ri­ence across Africa and around the world, we are greatly look­ing for­ward to work­ing with our Le­sotho ar­chi­tect part­ner, KTMA, to help de­liver a wide range of en­abling in­fra­struc­ture, from ac­cess roads and con­trac­tors’ work­ing fa­cil­i­ties to hous­ing, com­mu­nity build­ings and tourism ameni­ties.”

LHDA Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Re­filoe Tlali.

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