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    Default Proposed Hydroelectric plant - Augrabies: Survey

    North West University is conducting a survey for SANParks for interested parties to comment on the proposed Hydro-Electric plant above Augrabies waterfalls.

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    http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...d.php?t=176843

    If you would like to complete the survey, please do. It does take a bit of time but it's worth it!

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    Done the survey, please follow suit.

    If we want to have a voice, here is a chance!
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    I'd rather have a hydro plant on the Augrabies than a nuclear plant at Oranjemund........
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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    I'd rather have a hydro plant on the Augrabies than a nuclear plant at Oranjemund........
    There are alternatives like photovoltaic or wind power and there is ample space in the Karoo, even out of eyesight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari Safari View Post
    Done the survey, please follow suit.
    If we want to have a voice, here is a chance!
    Done. Please all who care about Augrabies fill in the form, it's quick.

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    From what I understood of the plans I read about a few months ago, it is not as if they will be fitting a huge water wheel in the main fall. The operations are planned to be hidden from sight and should not influence the falls directly. I may be wrong, but this seems like a bit of a knee jerk reaction to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kalahari Safari View Post
    There are alternatives like photovoltaic or wind power and there is ample space in the Karoo, even out of eyesight.
    Hydro energy generation goes on while there is water.

    Photovoltaic/solar needs, errrr , the sun. Hence a huge dip in energy supply into the grid at night.

    Wind power: more of a chance with this but we are off topic already.
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    I have to agree with Thys.

    What are the details?

    A hydro power plant is barely visible at the falls themselves.

    Look eg at the hydro-electrical plant at the Niagara Falls.
    The intake is a distance above the falls and the generating plant a considerable distance below the falls, out of sight.

    We need responsible planning, not abolishment, IMHO
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    Agree with Thys. I think this is an excellent initiative. By the way, there is also one in an advanced stage of planning at the Boegoeberg dam, on the opposite side from where the recent GTG took place.

    Nothing they do near Augrabies can come near to being as ugly and an eye sore as that massive collection tower they just built outside Upington for a solar energy plant. Now THAT is something that should have been opposed purely on the basis of aesthetics.

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    I haven't read through the thread posted above.
    But what I have heard (for a reliable source) Is that a massive percentage of the water would be redirected away from the falls. The "source" was involved with the invironmental impact study done on the project and is strongly again the project for this reason. Apparently the falls will just about run dry.
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    I cannot agree that the project will have little influence on the area. This is a huge project, within earshot and visible from the main camp. It will be ìn the park, and as an example, they estimate that 160000 cubic meters of solid waste will be generated by excavations. That's a lot. Further reading if interested.
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    Done. Hope our inputs really make a difference. Once spoilt, the lost natural beauty will be impossible to regain.
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    Depending the size of the turbines, but must likely the falls will run dry, or for certain period per year, as they redirect the water , not a big impact on the river it selves, but there could be other impacts then.

    Ruacana comes to mind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JLK View Post
    Depending the size of the turbines, but must likely the falls will run dry, or for certain period per year, as they redirect the water , not a big impact on the river it selves, but there could be other impacts then.
    Ruacana comes to mind.
    SANParks have expressed grave concern over the impact on the riverine ecology, among other things - from the Mail & Guardian:

    SANParks’s Gabrielle Venter particularly objects to the elements of the project in the Augrabies Park.
    A SANParks report sent to Aurecon and the water affairs department points out that the planned culvert would pass through the area of the park “which provides the highest form of protection”.
    “The zone also serves to protect sensitive environments from development impacts and tourism pressure. The conservation objective is to maintain the zone in as near to a natural state as possible with no impact on biodiversity patterns or processes,” the report says.
    Venter also complained about the visual impact the hydroelectric scheme is likely to have, both on the park and in terms of the reduced water flow over the falls. She said that the diverted water would undermine the integrity of the ecosystem.
    'Pristine wilderness ... will be irrevocably damaged'

    There's more along these lines from different SANParks experts and from others in the Aurecon report on the web.

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    sorry but wind is very over rated, first of all the biggest ones only produce 5megawatt at optimum windflow. as you all know some days it blows for days other times airflow is dead. like solar it is a parttime use energy sourse....

    people in south africa need to make a choice. either live with the increasing power issues if things don't change or build powerstations of some sort either nuke or coal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JediNAfrica View Post
    sorry but wind is very over rated, first of all the biggest ones only produce 5megawatt at optimum wind flow. as you all know some days it blows for days other times airflow is dead. like solar it is a part time use energy source....

    people in South Africa need to make a choice. either live with the increasing power issues if things don't change or build power stations of some sort either nuke or coal.
    Just to make it clear, these partial operation times can very well be calculated and taken care of in planning.
    It is apparent that solar power is a viable solution in Europe and they can harvest a fraction of the solar energy compared to SA.
    Same goes for wind chargers. Flying over the Pirenaes (Andorra as an example) you can see miles and miles of wind farms, now I compare this to the Western Cape where the North Wester is howling almost constantly.

    But apart from these arguments, the impact of the hydro plant on thee water flow of the Orange river will be measurable around Augrabies. Comes the time when there is hardly a trickle over the falls these days, it would dry out completely in the case a hydro plant would be operational. Further, if this effect would be considered to save the environment, the power plant would become a part time job in itself.
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    Done. I hope the bloody a..holes listen to us

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