Posted by: Saving Water SA (Cape Town, South Africa) – partnered with Water Rhapsody conservation systems – 15 Aug 2011
SA’s minister of Water and Environmental Affairs Edna Molewa and Lesotho Minister of Natural Resources Monyana Moleleki, have signed an agreement for the implementation of the second phase of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.
The agreement was signed in Maseru, Lesotho. Phase two of the LHWP will consist of a water delivery system to supplement the delivery of water to South Africa and a hydropower generation system.
“The purpose of our cooperation is to strengthen regional integration by using water as a catalyst for socio-economic development with a key African partner,” Molewa said.
She said the nature of the cooperation was aimed at mutual development of the two countries’ water sources as a foundation and catalyst for an integrated economy.
The project will have an installed electricity capacity of between 1000 to 1200megawatts hydropower generation, and will influence industries in both countries.
“This cooperation embodies the Nepad principles for development and the spirit of Africa’s renaissance to eradicate poverty and underdevelopment,” Molewa said.
The water delivery system comprises Polihali Reservoir on the Senqu River, a water conveyance tunnel connecting Polihali Reservoir with Katse Reservoir, access roads to project sites and camps, power transmission lines and administration centres, and includes social and environmental projects.
Molewa said the second phase of this agreement will include a pump storage scheme and associated transmission lines that will use the existing Katse Reservoir as the lower reservoir in the Kobong valley.
Source: Sowetan Live