Drakensberg is a 1,000MW hydro power project. It is located on Thukela river/basin in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. According to GlobalData, who tracks and profiles over 170,000 power plants worldwide, the project is currently active. It has been developed in a single phase. The project construction commenced in 1974 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1981. Buy the profile here.

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The project is co-owned by Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa and Eskom Holdings SOC, with their respective ownership stake of 50% each.

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. Drakensberg underwent through rehabilitation & modernization during 2021. The project generated 2,041 GWh of electricity.

The project has 1 electric generator installed at the site.

Development status

The project construction commenced in 1974 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1981.

Contractors involved

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.

Voith supplied 3 electric generators for the project.

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This content was updated on 4 January 2024

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