Me­to­long lands two global awards

Lesotho Times - - Business - Staff Writer

THE Me­to­long Dam and Wa­ter Sup­ply Pro­gramme on Tues­day clinched two awards in the In­fras­truc­ture and In­ter­na­tional cat­e­gories at the Con­struc­tion Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Amer­ica (CMAA) Na­tional Con­fer­ence and Trade Show in Or­lando, Florida.

CMAA is a non-profit and non-gov­ern­men­tal, pro­fes­sional as­so­ci­a­tion serv­ing the con­struc­tion man­age­ment industry in North Amer­ica. It is the only or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated ex­clu­sively to the in­ter­ests of pro­fes­sional con­struc­tion and pro­gramme man­age­ment in the re­gion.

The Me­to­long Dam and Wa­ter Sup­ply Pro­gramme is a $430 mil­lion (M5.7 bil­lion) pub­lic works project meant to pro­vide a new raw wa­ter sup­ply for Maseru and the sur­round­ing towns. The dam was built on the South Phuthi­at­sana River, around 35km from Maseru, to sup­ply treated wa­ter to more than 500 000 peo­ple for do­mes­tic and in­dus­trial use.

It is also meant to stim­u­late the re­gion’s econ­omy through the cre­ation of jobs and the im­prove­ment in health due to clean wa­ter. Other com­po­nents of the project in­clude wa­ter treat­ment works, which are de­signed to treat 75 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of wa­ter per day and can be in­creased to 93.4 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres.

Upon com­ple­tion, the dam will be 83mhigh, 60m-wide at the foundation and 9mwide at the top, with a crest length of 210m, which can hold 63.7 mil­lion cu­bic me­tres of wa­ter.

Be­sides the gov­ern­ment of Le­sotho, the Euro­pean In­vest­ment Bank, Saudi Fund for De­vel­op­ment, Kuwait Fund for Arab Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment, Arab Bank for Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment in Africa, OPEC Fund for In­ter- na­tional De­vel­op­ment, Abu Dhabi Fund for De­vel­op­ment, the Mil­len­nium Chal­lenge and the World Bank con­trib­uted to its con­struc­tion.

Amer­i­can en­gi­neer­ing firm, CDM Smith, pro­vided con­struc­tion man­age­ment ser­vices to the Mil­len­nium Chal­lenge Ac­count – Le­sotho and the Me­to­long Author­ity, man­ag­ing the de­sign, pro­cure­ment, sched­ul­ing, staffing, and con­struc­tion of the pro­gram. The Mil­len­nium Chal­lenge Ac­count-le­sotho (MCA-L) is the gov­ern­ment agency charged with man­ag­ing all Mcc-funded projects in Le­sotho, in­clud­ing the Me­to­long Dam wa­ter in­fras­truc­ture pro­gramme.

CDM Smith also helped se­cure nearly $200 mil­lion in fund­ing for the Me­to­long Dam and Wa­ter Sup­ply Pro­gramme.

Said CDM Smith in a press re­lease: “By iden­ti­fy­ing risks, build­ing strong client re­la­tion­ships and cre­at­ing an ex­pert and glob­ally lit­er­ate pro­gram team, CDM Smith helped Le­sotho im­prove sus­tain­abil­ity and achieve sig­nif­i­cant op­er­at­ing-cost sav­ings with pro­gram com­po­nent sched­ule changes that min­i­mized de­lays in its com­ple­tion.

“CDM Smith’s out­reach also helped fa­cil­i­tate so­cioe­co­nomic growth and en­cour­age en­vi­ron­men­tally sound and so­cially re­spon­si­ble prac­tices by ad­dress­ing so­cial, health and en­vi­ron­men­tal is­sues.”

The Me­to­long Dam dur­ing its con­struc­tion in this file pic.

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