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.