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Electricity in Lesotho


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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.
Key benefits from reading this report
•  What are the key energy resources in Lesotho for power production.
How is the country overcoming the effects of power shortage?
What are the key developments in electricity infrastructure?
Who are the key players in market? 
What are the investment opportunities in the country?
Key Market Issues in Electricity in Lesotho
This report is a Country Profile, covering:-
Power generation capacity by fuel input
Electricity networks
Current power market trends
Generation growth
Investment opportunities
Future project plans
Key findings of this report
1.Annual consumption of refined petroleum products was estimated to be 1,777 barrels/day, all imported.
2.The Lesotho transmission system is restricted to the lowland region of the north west and south west of the country.
3.The main transmission system voltage is 132kV, used to bring power from Muela to the main urban centres, and to interconnect with the South African grid.
4.The largest sector by consumption was the domestic sector, which consumed 193,210MWh during the year
5.Overall tariffs have increase steeply in recent years, in order to match the cost of supply.
Key questions answered by this report
1.How does Lesotho generate its electricity?
2.What is the status of the national electricity market?
3.What are the key developments in electricity infrastructure?
4.Who are the key players in market?
5.What are the future prospects for investment in Lesotho?
Who this report is for
Power utility strategists, energy analysts, research managers, power sector manufacturers, power developers, investors in renewables systems and infrastructure, renewable energy developers, energy/power planning managers, energy/power development managers, governmental organisations, system operators, companies investing in renewable power infrastructure and generation, investment banks, infrastructure developers and investors, intergovernmental lenders, energy security analysts.
Why buy Electricity in Lesotho
• To utilise in-depth assessment and analysis of the current and future technological and market state of power, carried out by an industry expert with 30 years in the power generation industry.
• Use cutting edge information and data.
• Use the highest level of research carried out. expert analysis to say what is happening in the market and what will happen next.
• Have the 'what if' questions answered.
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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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