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Oct. 29, 2021

NEO SENOKO

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LHDA launches procurement for two major bridges construction

LHDA launches procurement for two major bridges construction

The Polihali project area

Story highlights

  • Each of tender is another step on LHDA’s journey to deliver Phase II of LHWP
  • Khubelu and Mabunyaneng River bridges will be located upstream of two existing bridges

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LESOTHO Highlands Development Authority (LHDA), an award winning water resources and hydropower development organization that was set to implement, operate and maintain that part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) that falls within the borders of Lesotho has launched procurement processes for two major bridges, marking the last step in the procurement of Phase II major works construction.

Tenders for the construction of the Mabunyaneng and Khubelu bridges under Phase II of the LHWP were advertised on Thursday last week.

The procurement for the two smaller bridges follows the tender for the biggest of the three Phase II major bridges, the Senqu River Bridge in March this year.

“Procurement for the construction of the two bridges construction also follows the start of the Polihali transfer tunnel and Polihali Dam construction tenders in May and August respectively. It marks the last step in the procurement of Phase II major works construction,” LHDA’s Division Manager, Ntsoli Maiketso said in a statement.

Mr Maiketso said each of the tenders is another step on LHDA’s journey to deliver Phase II of the LHWP on behalf of the Governments of Lesotho and South Africa as well as advance the economies of the two countries.

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The new Khubelu and Mabunyaneng River bridges will be located upstream of the two existing bridges along the A1 Road to provide access to the Mokhotlong town across the two bridges.

The construction of the major bridges will be carried out under two separate contracts.

Phase II of the LHWP builds on the successful completion of Phase I in 2003. It delivers water to Gauteng region of South Africa and utilises the water delivery system to generate hydroelectricity in Lesotho.

The major works of Phase I included the construction of the Katse Dam, the transfer and delivery tunnels, the Matsoku Weir, the Muela Hydropwer Plant and the Mohale Dam.

The Phase II water transfer component comprises a dam in Polihali and a gravity tunnel that will connect the reservoir at Polihali with the Katse Reservoir.

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