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Eskom under fire as Ingula costs said to balloon to R36bn

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Cape Town – Eskom’s board is facing calls to appear before Parliament with documents relating to the Ingula pumped storage scheme, which has allegedly seen costs spiral from R8.9bn to R36bn.

On July 27, President Jacob Zuma unveiled the first of four turbines at Ingula, which is on the border of KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State. A report broadcast on Carte Blanche on Sunday claims that Zuma's appearance was a rushed pre-elections media stunt.

The pumped-storage hydroelectric plant uses water from an upper dam, which is released and passes through four 333 MW turbines before ending up in the lower dam during peak hours. The water is then pumped back up to the top to dam in low-peak hours.

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