oa Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - The construction phase
The dual-purpose Palmiet Pumped Storage Scheme near Cape Town came into full operation in mid-1988, the third such scheme in South Africa after the Steenbras and Drakensberg stations. Palmiet contributes 400 MW of peaking power to the national electricity grid and has the capacity to transfer 140 million m3 of water annually to the adjacent Steenbras water supply scheme for the Cape Metropolitan Area. The scheme was developed jointly by Eskom and the Department of Water Affairs (DWA) over a period of seven and a half years and involved the usual elements of dam construction (both concrete and rockfill), underground works pertaining to the water transfer and power generation systems and surface structures for the control, operation and administration of the scheme.
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