A R107-million refurbishment of the Steenbras Hydro Pumped Storage Scheme is on the pipeline, with Capetonians hoping it will bring further relief from load shedding. This week, the City of Cape Town’s mayoral committee recommended that the council approve funding for the provision of professional services for the refurbishment project over the next few years. Mayco Member for Energy Beverley van Reenen said refurbishment fell into the City’s plan to "provide load shedding protection of up to four stages where feasible" within the next two years. "This multi-year contract for the provision of professional services comprises some R107-million to enable the refurbishment of this valuable Cape Town asset that is protecting customers from up to two stages of loadshedding where possible," she said. "The contract period is 108 months from date of commencement and is programmed to start 15 February 2024 and end 30 June 2032. It will lay the foundation for the refurbishment of the plant." "All due process will be followed in terms of regulatory and legislative requirements. The budget and execution of the professional services will determine the final budget and delivery programme."