Camden Power Station

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

Location

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. It has an installed capacity of 1,580 MW and comprises 6 X 200 MW units and 2 X 190 MW units.[1]

It was commissioned in 1967-1969. Between 1990 and 2006 the station was mothballed, but Eskom decided to recommission the station, starting with unit 6 in July 2005 and completing with unit 1 in July 2008.[2]

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.[3] Mozal consumes around 950MW.[4]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Eskom
  • Parent company: Eskom
  • Location: Camden, Gert Sibande District, Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • Coordinates: -26.6214772, 30.0900738 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (commissioned in 1967-1969, recommissioned in 2005-2008)
  • Gross capacity: 1,590 MW (6 x 200 MW and 2 x 190 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
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Articles and resources

References

  1. South African government, "National Response to South Africa's Electricity Shortage", January 2008.
  2. Dr. Robert Peltier, PE, "Camden Power Station, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa," Power, 10/01/2014
  3. Camden Power Station. Eskom. Retrieved on 6 January 2010.
  4. SA energy crisis affects Mozambique aluminium export. Engineering News (Creamer Media) (2008-09-28). Retrieved on 6 January 2010.

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