oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Palmiet: Environmental management in action

Volume 31, Issue 11
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



Eskom and the Department of Water Affairs, both widely regarded as environmentally enlightened organizations, recognized as early as 1979 the need for environmental consideration of the Palmiet Pumped Storage Scheme. It should be noted that, at that time, the scheme was still in its early stages of planning. With the Pumped Storage Scheme now complete and in operation, it can be used as an example of the effective integrated environmental management of a large construction project, particularly when consideration is given to the environmental sensitivity of the area in which it has been developed. A preliminary environmental study was carried out in the first instance by the Department of Water Affairs. This study was aimed largely at assessing the validity of the environmental concerns that had been publicly expressed, and agreed that indeed there was an environmental case and particular care was warranted.

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