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Gariep is a 360MW hydro power project. It is located on Orange river/basin in Northern Cape, 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 1967 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1971. Buy the profile here.

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The project is currently owned by Eskom Holdings SOC with a stake of 100%.

Gariep is a reservoir based project. The hydro reservoir capacity is 5,340 million cubic meter. The net head of the project is 55m. 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 4 in number. The project generated 889 GWh of electricity.

Development status

The project construction commenced in 1967 and subsequently entered into commercial operation in 1971.

Contractors involved

Fuji Electric was selected as the turbine supplier for the hydro power project. The company provided 4 units of francis turbines, each with 90MW nameplate capacity.

GE Renewable Energy supplied 4 electric generators for the project. The generator capacity is 122 MVA.

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This content was updated on 10 November 2023

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This information is drawn from GlobalData’s Power Intelligence Center, which provides detailed profiles of over 170,000 active, planned and under construction power plants worldwide from announcement through to operation across all technologies and countries worldwide.