oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Development of design

Volume 31, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The initial feasibility study for the Palmiet Scheme carried out by Eskom1, which was completed in June 1979, was based on a layout dictated by the hydraulic requirements at the scheme, fitted into the topography of the area in the best way possible. This feasibility study was undertaken to obtain a first estimate of the viability of the scheme, in both technical and cost terms. The importance of the geology of the area was recognized before this initial study had even been completed, and the initial geological investigations were undertaken by M J Mountain and Associates between October 1978 and March 19792, This work involved the mapping of the geology from aerial photographs, ground surveys and the examination of borehole logs.

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