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Gariep Hydroelectric power station

 

History
Gariep's first two machines went into commercial service in 1971 and the last two in March 1976. The station was originally named after its political sponsor, Hendrik Verwoerd.
 
General
A feature of Gariep's machines is that they can be used as synchronous condensers, helping to stabilise the operation of the high-voltage interconnected system. Electricity from Gariep is fed into the Eskom network at the Hydra Transmission Sub stations fed by lines linking the Western Cape with the power stations in Mpumalanga. 
 
Technical details
  • Four 90MW units
  • Installed capacity: 360MW
  • Average production: 889GWh 
Fact Sheet: Click HERE to open
 
Contact details:
Tel: (051) 754-0400/1
 
Where is Gariep:
About 300 metres downstream of the Gariep Dam wall on the banks of the Orange River, near Norvalspont in the Eastern Cape.