The Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) has launched procurement activities for a Programme Management Unit (PMU) for management, oversight and reporting during implementation of Phase II of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP). Bidding documents are anticipated to be advertised shortly for the services to commence in early 2023.

The Polihali Dam to be constructed in Lesotho under LHWP Phase II will increase the  volume of water transferred to South Africa from the current supply rate of 780 million cubic metres per annum to approximately 1,270 million cubic metres per annum while simultaneously increasing the electricity generated at the ‘Muela hydropower plant – a significant step towards Lesotho’s energy independence. 

The engineering Main Works component comprises the Polihali Dam (166m CFRD), the Polihali Transfer Tunnel (38km) and the  Oxbow Hydropower (80MW). Most of the Advance Infrastructure is nearing completion in time for the Main Works to commence. The environmental and social programmes are ongoing.

Given the evolution of the project from Advance Infrastructure to the upcoming Main Works construction and the expiration of the current PMU contract, it is necessary to procure a new PMU contract. By mutual agreement, the current PMU lead (CDM Smith) will not bid for this contract. However, there will be a period of transition to facilitate smooth handover from the old to the new PMU.

Information on all the requirements and conditions of this procurement will be made available on the LHDA website.