Mohale Dam

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Mohale Dam
Mohale Dam
Official name Mohale Dam
Location Lesotho
Opening date 2002
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, rock-fill
Impounds Senqunyane River
Height 475 ft (145 m)
Length 2033 ft (620 m)
Dam volume 7,500,000 m3 (9,809,630 cu yd)
Spillway capacity 2,600 m3/s (91,818 cu ft/s)
Total capacity 1.0 km3 (810,713 acre·ft)

Mohale Dam is a rock-fill dam in Lesotho. It is part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project, which will eventually include 5 large dams in remote rural areas of Lesotho and South Africa. The potential of the project was identified by the South African Civil Engineer Ninham Shand (now Aurecon) as a possible means to supplement the water supply to South Africa. The World Bank arranged for a treaty between the then-Apartheid government of South Africa and its much smaller neighbor, Lesotho, allowing execution of the project to proceed.[citation needed]


The joint venture partners was Hochtief (Germany), Impregilo (Italy) and Concor (South Africa) It was completed in spring 2002.


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Coordinates: 29°27′24.20″S 28°05′45.18″E / 29.4567222°S 28.0958833°E / -29.4567222; 28.0958833