Camden Power Station

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Camden Power Station
Camdenkragstasie, Ermelo, Mpumalanga, b.jpg
CountrySouth Africa
LocationMpumalanga, South Africa
Coordinates26°37′13″S 30°5′38″E / 26.62028°S 30.09389°E / -26.62028; 30.09389Coordinates: 26°37′13″S 30°5′38″E / 26.62028°S 30.09389°E / -26.62028; 30.09389
Commission date1967
Thermal power station
Primary fuelCoal
Turbine technology
Power generation
Units operational8
3 x 200 MW
1 x 196 MW
2 x 195 MW
1 x 190 MW
1 x 185 MW
Units planned8 × 200 MW
Nameplate capacity1561 Megawatt

Camden Power Station in Mpumalanga, South Africa, is a coal-fired power plant operated by Eskom.


Camden was commissioned in 1967. Between 1990 and 2006 the station was mothballed, but South Africa's energy crisis in the early 21st century prompted Eskom to recommission the station, starting with unit 6 in July 2005 and completing with unit 1 in July 2008.

Power generation[edit]

Power is generated by eight 200 MW units with a total installed capacity on 1,600 MW.[1] Coal energy to electrical energy conversion efficiency is 33.40%[2]

In the Integrated results for 2015, nominal capacity is listed as 1,481 MW with gross capacity of 1,561 MW (3 x 200 MW; 1 x 196 MW; 2 x 195 MW; 1 x 190 MW; 1 x 185 MW).[3]

The four chimneys of Camden Power Station are 152.4 metres (500 ft) tall.

Power distribution[edit]

In addition to feeding the South African grid, Camden, along with Arnot Power Station, also feeds the Mozal Aluminium smelter in Mozambique via 400 kV transmission lines.[2] Mozal consumes around 950 MW.[4]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Camden Power Station". Retrieved 2016-01-31.
  2. ^ a b "Camden Power Station". Eskom. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Fact sheets with additional information" (PDF).
  4. ^ "SA energy crisis affects Mozambique aluminium export". Engineering News (Creamer Media). 2008-09-28. Retrieved 6 January 2010.