Neusberg hydropower station

The Neusberg project is a run-of-river small hydropower project on the Orange River near Kakamas in the Northern Cape of South Africa.

Construction began in June 2013 and the power station began operation in January 2015, on time and on budget. It was officially opened on 3 March 2015.

Hydro Tasmania and its consulting business Entura have been involved in the whole lifecycle of the project from design through construction and ongoing support for operation and maintenance.

The Neusberg project is the first run-of-river small hydro scheme to be delivered under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer’s Program (REIPPP) and will deliver 10 MW of baseload power in the South African energy market, enough electricity for about 5000 households.

The Neusberg project is owned by Kakamas Hydro Electric Power (Pty) Ltd (KHEP), a company registered in the Republic of South Africa in which Hydro Tasmania South Africa is a 25 per cent equity participant, together with Hydro 1 SA (Pty) Ltd, Old Mutual, and a community trust funded by the Industrial Development Corporation.

The project brings benefits to the local community, both through ensuring a financial share in the project through the community trust, and through job creation for work on the scheme.

Watch a short video from SABC Digital News that tells the story of the project.

Read the Neusberg Hydropower Project brochure for more information and technical details of the project.