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Cape Town Considers Doubling Hydropower to Curb Blackouts

  • Municipality may expand Steenbras or seek new power plant site
  • South Africa is in the midst of its worst-ever power crisis

Cape Town is considering doubling its electricity supplies from hydropower to almost 400 megawatts as South Africa’s second-biggest city tries to reduce the impact of power outages imposed by the national utility. 

The municipality is conducting a study to expand its 180-megawatt Steenbras hydropower plant and is in talks over projects that would supply electricity from potential sites outside the city, Kadri Nassiep, Cape Town’s executive director of energy and climate change, said.