SA's abandoned mines to become hydroelectric energy sites

AFP/Robert Michael

JOHANNESBURG - About 6,000 abandoned mines in South Africa have the potential to become hydroelectric energy sites.

A feasibility study is being conducted by Swedish, German and local firms.

This could hold some solutions to the country’s energy crisis.

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The capital costs to convert a depleted mine will be less than constructing a new above-ground hydroelectric plant.

The country has at least four operational large pumped storage schemes,

However, companies are seeking new ways of implementing these renewable energy systems.


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