Camden Power Station

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Camden power station is a 1,590-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Mpumalanga, South Africa.


The map below shows the location of the plant, near Camden, Gert Sibande District, Mpumalanga.

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Background on Plant

Camden Power Station is a coal-fired station owned by the South African publicly-owned electricity utility Eskom that was mothballed in 1990 but is currently in the process of being recommissioned.

The power station has an installed capacity of 1,580 MW and comprises 6 X 200 MW units and 2 X 190 MW units. The power station is located at Ermelo, Mpumalanga. In 2007 Eskom recommissioned 390 megawatts and plans to recommission a further 390 megawatts in 2008.[1]

Power distribution

In addition to feeding the South African grid, Camden, along with Arnot Power Station, also feeds the Mozal Aluminium smelter in Mozambique via 400kV transmission lines.[2] Mozal consumes around 950MW.[3]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Eskom
  • Parent company: Eskom
  • Location: Camden, Gert Sibande District, Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • Coordinates: -26.6214772, 30.0900738 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 1,590 MW (6 x 200 MW and 2 x 190 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1967-69
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  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. South African government, "National Response to South Africa's Electricity Shortage", January 2008.
  2. Camden Power Station. Eskom. Retrieved on 6 January 2010.
  3. SA energy crisis affects Mozambique aluminium export. Engineering News (Creamer Media) (2008-09-28). Retrieved on 6 January 2010.

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