Lesotho - Urban Distribution Rehabilitation and Transmission Expansion Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 14 Dec 2016
Signature Date 17 Feb 2017
Planned Completion Date 30 Sep 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Power
DAC Sector Code 23630
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 7,780,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Urban Distribution Rehabilitation and Transmission Expansion Project is part of the medium-term energy sector investment program approved by the Government of Lesotho for the period 2016-2020. It aims to improve the reliability and quality of electricity supply to customers. The proposed intervention focuses on expanding access, rehabilitation and improvement of the electricity supply system. The improvement in the reliability and availability of the distribution network is to be achieved through rehabilitation of existing electricity supply switching stations, primarily in the municipality of Maseru, rehabilitation of some 33 kV lines, substation upgrade and construction of a 132 kV line to augment supply. The project will also conduct an electricity cost-of-service study and preparation of an energy resources map. Its implementation will allow to renovate and strengthen the electricity distribution network, which will lead to positive impacts on power losses and power cuts, which will reduce their impact by 2% and 25% (resp.), With to the key a network availability up 5%.

Project Objectives

The purpose of the project is to improve the reliability and availability of the power distribution network to enhance quality of supply to existing consumers, including, specifically, the Letseng diamond mine, and to provide a basis for gradual transition of existing electricity tariffs to economic cost of service reflective levels in Lesotho.


The main beneficiaries are Government of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC) and populations of Maseru, Botha-Bothe, Mohale’s Hoek, ThabaTseka and Quthing districts.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Lesotho Electricity Company (LEC)


IATI identifier 46002-P-LS-FA0-003
Last Update 30 Nov 2022


Contact Details

Name MOLEPO Seaga Abram
Email s.molepo@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Lesotho
Coordinates Location Name
-30.15137 27.47691 Mohales Hoek
-28.76659 28.24937 Butha Buthe
-29.58333 27.83333 Maseru