Kilburn Dam

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Kilburn Dam
South Africa-Kilburn Dam-01.jpg
The Kilburn Dam seen from the viewpoint on the R74 next to Sterkfontein Dam
Kilburn Dam is located in South Africa
Kilburn Dam
Location of Kilburn Dam in South Africa
Official name Kilburn Dam
Location KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Coordinates 28°35′05″S 29°05′40″E / 28.5846°S 29.0945°E / -28.5846; 29.0945Coordinates: 28°35′05″S 29°05′40″E / 28.5846°S 29.0945°E / -28.5846; 29.0945
Opening date 1981
Owner(s) Department of Water Affairs
Dam and spillways
Type of dam earth-fill
Impounds Majaneni River[1]
Height 48 m (157 ft)[2]
Length 1,100 m (3,600 ft)[2]
Creates Kilburn Dam Reservoir
Total capacity 36,700 ML (29,800 acre·ft)[2]
Catchment area 30 km2 (12 sq mi)
Surface area 207 ha (510 acres)
Power station
Operator(s) Eskom
Commission date 1981
Type Pumped Storage
Turbines 4
Installed capacity 1,000 MW (1,300,000 hp)

The Kilburn Dam, an earth-fill type dam and part of the Tugela-Vaal Water Project and Drakensberg Pumped Storage Scheme, is located 500 metres (1,600 ft) lower than the Sterkfontein Dam, on the Mnjaneni River, near Bergville, KwaZulu-Natal, province of South Africa. The dam was commissioned in 1981, has a capacity of 36,700 cubic metres (1,300,000 cu ft), and a surface area of 207 hectares (510 acres), the dam wall is 48 metres (157 ft) high. The main purpose of the dam assembly is to serve for the generation of hydro-electricity and its hazard potential has been ranked high (3).

Kilburn Dam's position in the Drakensberg Pumped Storage Scheme

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  1. ^ "Kilburn Dam". Department of Water Affairs and Forestry. Retrieved 2008-10-22. 
  2. ^ a b c "Pumped Storage Scheme" (PDF). 5. Eskom. October 2005. Retrieved 2008-10-22.