Sustainable and hidden: South Africa’s newest power plant

2017 will be a good year for Kungawo’s business. That’s because he no longer has to worry about his machinery grinding to a halt because of a power cut.

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FRANCIS GIBBONS, PROJECT EXCELLENCE MANAGER, WATER, ROYAL HASKONINGDHV

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Royal HaskoningDHV delivered design and construction supervision for Ingula’s dams, access roads, visitors centre and administration building and main underground works.

Reliable energy generation is vital for the economic development of South Africa as a whole, not just for Kungawo’s business. Until now, there has simply not been enough energy at times of peak demand. That’s why a massive new peaking power station that opened in 2016 will make such a difference to people’s lives.

It’s a striking example of how infrastructure development can be harmonised with nature to enhance economic growth for the country.

Ingula Power Station is a sustainable solution to the country’s energy problems and its design was influenced by its location at the foot of the Little Drakensberg Mountain Range. Francis Gibbons of Royal HaskoningDHV said: “It’s a striking example of how infrastructure development can be harmonised with nature to enhance economic growth for the country.”

Enclosed in a mountain, it draws excess power from the grid to pump water up to a high reservoir at night and, as the water flows back down, generates power to meet peak daytime demand.

One of the largest pumped storage schemes in the world, Ingula Power Station has won three prestigious awards, a mark of recognition of an engineering achievement that is unprecedented.

Reliable energy generation is vital for the economic development of South Africa as a whole

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