Camden Power Station

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Camden power station is a 1,600-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. It has an installed capacity of 1,600 MW and comprises eight 200 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]

Proposed renewal

In April 2016 the Eskom Board said it approved the commencement of a pre-feasibility study for renewal options for four of our oldest power stations - Komati, Camden, Hendrina and Arnot. The pre-feasibility study would take 18 months to complete, and would include looking at options such as plant life extension.[3]

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.[4] Mozal consumes around 950MW.[5]

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: 1,600 MW (8 x 200 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
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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. Dr. Robert Peltier, PE, "Camden Power Station, Mpumalanga Province, South Africa," Power, 10/01/2014
  3. "Eskom Board approves Fleet Renewal Strategy based on economic viability," Eskom, 2016/04/24
  4. Camden Power Station. Eskom. Retrieved on 6 January 2010.
  5. SA energy crisis affects Mozambique aluminium export. Engineering News (Creamer Media) (2008-09-28). Retrieved on 6 January 2010.

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