Drakensberg pumped storage scheme

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The Drakensberg Pumped Storage Scheme one of the largest in the world is situated in the magnificent, picturesque mountains of the Northern Drakensberg of Kwa-Zulu Natal. Protection and restoration of the environment was a focus area during construction and continues today. Apart from the lift shaft buildings and transmission lines, all installations are underground. The four reversible pump turbines, situated 156 meters below ground level, generate 1000 MW (4 x 250 MW) of electricity for the Eskom national grid during peak periods.



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