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Electricity in Lesotho (Subscription)


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Executive Summary for Electricity in Lesotho

Electricity in Lesotho - The electricity network in Lesotho is limited with around one quarter of the population provided with access to the grid. Most of the Lesotho’s power is provided by one hydropower plant, but this cannot meet national demand and the shortfall is supplied from South Africa and Mozambique via the South African Power Pool. Supply constraints within Southern Africa are making it more difficult for countries like Lesotho to import power and Lesotho needs to expand its own capacity if it is to avoid serious load shedding problems in coming years. Lesotho has significant hydropower potential, which there are already plans to develop in conjunction with South Africa, and also wind potential. However all such development with depend on outside investment, as Lesotho does not have the resources to fund development itself.
Lesotho is a small land-locked state within the borders of South Africa. It is one of Africa’s poorest nations and suffers from overcrowding, forcing many of the working age population to emigrate to its larger neighbour.
Key features of this report
• An overview of the electricity market in Lesotho.
• Power supply data covering production, imports and exports and the main production sources.
• Power demand data by market sector and tariff data.
• An overview of the structure of the electricity sector with government and private sector companies as well as the regulatory status.
• Power demand forecasts and the development of the power sector to meet expected growth.
• Transmission system expansion plans.
Report Details
Report Title
Electricity in Lesotho
Report Subtitle
Country profile of power market trends and investment opportunities
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Publication Date
January 2014
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