Drakensberg is a 1,000MW hydro power project. It is located on Thukela river/basin in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 1974 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1981.
|Project Type||Total Capacity (MW)||Active Capacity (MW)||Pipeline Capacity (MW)||Project Status||Project Location||Project Developer||Hydropower||1,000||1,000||–||Active||KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa|
Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa and Eskom Holdings SOC are currently owning the project.
Drakensberg is a pumped storage project. The hydro reservoir capacity is 35.6 million cubic meter. The gross head of the project is 448.5m. The total number of penstocks, pipes or long channels that carry water down from the hydroelectric reservoir to the turbines inside the actual power station, are 2 in number. The project generated 2,041 GWh of electricity.
The project construction commenced in 1974 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1981.
Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 4 units of francis turbines, each with 250MW nameplate capacity.
Brown Boveri & Cie supplied electric generator(s) for the project.
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