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Project of the century


Balfour Beatty's choice: Lesotho Highlands

In a century which has seen two world wars and unimaginable extremes of violence, wealth and poverty, I vote for a project which will make a beneficial impact on a nation.

There can be no more eligible project than the £2bn Lesotho Highlands water project. Phase 1A opened in 1998, transfers 18m3/s of water from new reservoirs in Lesotho to the industrial heartland of South Africa, utilising redirected flows to generate 72MW of hydro electricity for the population of Lesotho. Phase 1A (£840M) required the construction of two dams, 82km of hard rock tunnelling, a hydro power station and various other major structures.

Andy Rose, managing director Balfour Beatty major projects.

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