Hydro capacity accounted for 16.3% of total power plant installations globally in 2022, according to GlobalData, with total recorded hydro capacity of 1,387GW. This is expected to contribute 11.7% by the end of 2030 with capacity of installations aggregating up to 1,557GW. Of the total global hydro capacity, 0.26% is in South Africa. Listed below are the five largest active hydro power plants by capacity in South Africa, according to GlobalData’s power plants database. GlobalData uses proprietary data and analytics to provide a complete picture of the global hydro power segment. Buy the latest hydro power plant profiles here.

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1. Ingula

The Ingula is a 1,332MW hydro power project located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Post completion of construction, the project was commissioned in 2016. The project was developed by Eskom Holdings SOC. Eskom Holdings SOC own the project. Buy the profile here.

2. Drakensberg

The 1,000MW Drakensberg hydro power project is located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It was commissioned in 1981. The project is owned by Eskom Holdings SOC; Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa. Buy the profile here.

3. Palmiet

The Palmiet is a 400MW hydro project. Eskom Holdings SOC; Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa owns the project. It was commissioned in 1988. It is located in Western Cape, South Africa. Buy the profile here.

4. Gariep

The Gariep hydro project with a capacity of 360MW came online in 1971. Eskom Holdings SOC have the equity stakes in the project. It is located in Northern Cape, South Africa. Buy the profile here.

5. Vanderkloof

The Vanderkloof has been operating since 1976. The 240MW hydro project is located in Northern Cape, South Africa. Eskom Holdings SOC have the equity stakes in this project. Buy the profile here.

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This information is drawn from GlobalData’s Power Plants database, which provides detailed profiles of over 170,000 active, planned and under construction power plants worldwide.