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The Ingula Pumped Storage Scheme (previously named Braamhoek) is under construction by Eskom in the escarpment of the Little Drakensberg range straddling the border of the Free State and KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. The Scheme will consists of an upper (Bedford Dam) and a lower dam (Bramhoek Dam) 4.6 km apart and connected by tunnels. The underground powerhouse will house 4 x 333MW reversible pump-turbines. Construction is due to be completed in 2012.
The Ingula pumped-storage hydroelectricity plant will be used to generate electricity during the peak demand periods of the day. At night, excess power on the grid generated by conventional coal and nuclear plants is used to pump water to the Upper Reservoir.