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November 24, 2021

Ingula, South Africa

By Carmen

Ingula is a 1,332MW hydro power project. It is located on Bramhoek river/basin in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The project is currently active. It has been developed in single phase. The project construction commenced in 2005 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2016.

Project Type Total Capacity (MW) Active Capacity (MW) Pipeline Capacity (MW) Project Status Project Location Project Developer
Hydropower 1,332 1,332 Active KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa Eskom Holdings SOC

Description

The project is developed and owned by Eskom Holdings SOC.

Ingula is a pumped storage project. The hydro reservoir capacity is 22.6 million cubic meter. The gross head and net head of the project are 480m and 441m respectively. 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 penstock diameter is 6.6m. The project cost is $2,037.06m.

Development Status

The project construction commenced in 2005 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 2016.

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Contractors Involved

Voith Hydro Holding was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 4 units of pump turbines, each with 333MW nameplate capacity.

Voith Hydro Holding supplied 4 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 373 MVA.

About Eskom Holdings SOC

Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd (Eskom) is a state-owned power utility that generates, transmits and distributes electricity. It generates electricity from coal-fired stations, gas-fired plants, hydro and pumped storage power plants, and nuclear power plants, among others. The company supplies electricity to industrial, mining, commercial, agricultural and residential customers, and to municipalities and metros for redistribution to households and businesses. The company maintains network of transmission power lines and underground cables. It procures electricity and sells in countries of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The company operates in Uganda and South Africa. Eskom is headquartered in Sandton, South Africa.

Methodology

All power projects included in this report are drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center. The information regarding the project parameters is sourced through secondary information sources such as electric utilities, equipment manufacturers, developers, project proponent’s – news, deals and financial reporting, regulatory body, associations, government planning reports and publications. Wherever needed the information is further validated through primary from various stakeholders across the power value chain and professionals from leading players within the power sector.

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