Ankerlig Power Station

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Ankerlig Power Station
CountrySouth Africa
LocationAtlantis, Western Cape
Coordinates33°35′32″S 18°27′37″E / 33.59222°S 18.46028°E / -33.59222; 18.46028Coordinates: 33°35′32″S 18°27′37″E / 33.59222°S 18.46028°E / -33.59222; 18.46028
Commission date2007
Thermal power station
Primary fuelDiesel
Power generation
Units operational9
Nameplate capacity1338 MW

Ankerlig Power Station (previously known as the Atlantis OCGT power station) is one of five gas turbine power plants in South Africa and has the capacity to produce 1338 Megawatts.

The plant name is derived from the Afrikaans form of the expression "raise the anchor" (Afrikaans "lig die anker"); it is intended to connote a community that 'raises the anchor and sails away from poverty towards prosperity'.[1] The Ankerlig plant was built at the same time as the Gourikwa Power Station at a combined cost of R3.5 billion and was opened on 1 October 2007 by Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka.[2] The plant is located close to the R27 just north of Atlantis in the Western Cape.


To cope with the increasing power demands of the Western Cape during periods of peak power demands, a gas turbine design that can be powered by either natural gas or liquid fuel, kerosene or diesel was chosen. The plant has nine cycle gas turbines each approximately 60m tall and eight fuel storage tanks with a combined storage capacity of 43 million litres.[3] The plant was built by Siemens.[4]

Conversion to Natural Gas[edit]

Due to the high cost of diesel and the discovery of natural gas, the Ibhubesi gas project, 400km north west offshore, Ankerlig is to be converted to gas. Conversion is expected to be completed in 2018.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Eskom's new power stations named". EE Publishers. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  2. ^ "SA: Mlambo-Ngcuka: Gourikwa and Ankerlig Power Stations opening". October 1, 2007. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  3. ^ "Ankerlig Power Station Conversion and Transmission Integration Project" (PDF). Eskom. January 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-03-27. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  4. ^ "Energy Sector Reference Projects". Siemens. Archived from the original on March 27, 2012. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
  5. ^ "Eskom seals 15-year gas term sheet with Sunbird for Ankerlig power station". Retrieved 11 July 2015.