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World Bank backs Lesotho electrification project

State electricity utility Lesotho Electricity Corporation (Lec) has plans for the electrification of some 4 000 new domestic customers in three villages in the country.
The Kingdom of Lesotho received a loan from the World Bank's International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, part of which is intended to fund Lec's phase three electrification project, which included connecting Tsolo, Mpharane and Thaba-More to the national electricity grid.

An advertisement for the invitation for bids for the project stated that it included the supply and delivery of all goods, works, labour, materials, equipment, installation, commissioning, testing and other technical and civil engineering services necessary for the successful completion of the project.

This included all excavations and ancillary civil works, the connection of new customers, and the installation of meters at the customers' premises.

The phase three electrification project planning and project engineer, who declined to be named, told Engineering News Online that construction for the project was scheduled to start in October, and the project's duration would depend on the contractor that was awarded the contractor.

When asked if Lec had planned further electrification projects, the official said that this would depend on the ac quisition of further funding.

Lesotho currently receives most of its electricity from its neighbouring South Africa's power utility Eskom, through three intake points, at Mabote, Peka and Hendriks Drift.

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News date: 18/08/2006

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