Komati Power Station
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|Komati Power Station|
Location of Komati Power Station in South Africa
|Construction cost||80 million South African rand (1966)|
|Thermal power station|
|Units planned||5 × 100 MW|
4 × 125 MW
|Nameplate capacity||1,000 Megawatt|
Komati Power Station, is a coal-fired power plant operated by Eskom. Its 300 metre tall chimney was built in 1979, and is one of the tallest structures in the country. Komati is one of power stations with a common steam range, meaning that its nine boilers jointly feed the nine generators. Other stations are Tutuka Power Station and Matimba Power Station.
The first unit was commissioned in 1961 and the last in 1966. In 1988, three units at Komati were mothballed, one was kept in reserve and the other five were only operated during peak hours. In 1990 the complete station was mothballed until 2008 when the unit 9 was the first to be recommissioned under Eskom's return to service project. The full station was put online in 2011.
The station consists of a total of 9 units having five 100MW units on the East (1-5) and four 125MW units on the West (6-9) with a total installed capacity of 1,000MW. Turbine Maximum Continuous Rating is 30.00%.