Matimba Power Station

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Matimba Babomba Power Station
Matimbakragstasie, Ellisras, Limpopo.jpg
Matimba Power Station is located in South Africa
Matimba Power Station
Location of Matimba Babomba Power Station in South Africa
Country South Africa
Location Limpopo
Coordinates 23°40′6″S 27°36′38″E / 23.66833°S 27.61056°E / -23.66833; 27.61056Coordinates: 23°40′6″S 27°36′38″E / 23.66833°S 27.61056°E / -23.66833; 27.61056
Owner(s) Eskom
Thermal power station
Primary fuel Coal
Power generation
Units operational 6 [1]
Nameplate capacity 3,990 Megawatt [1]

Matimba Babomba Power Station close to Ellisras, Limpopo Province, South Africa, is a coal-fired power plant operated by Eskom.

Power generation[edit]

The station consists of six 665 MW units with a total installed capacity of 3,990 MW. Turbine Maximum Continuous Rating is 35.60%. The power station was commissioned between 1988 and 1993. Matimba is the largest direct dry-cooled power station in the world. [1]

Matimba is fueled by the open cast Grootegeluk coal mine on the Waterberg Coalfield [2] with about 14.6 million tons of coal a year[3] via a conveyor system.[4] The mine is also contracted to supply the new Medupi Power Station.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Matimba Power Station". Eskom. Retrieved 10 January 2010. 
  2. ^ "EI, Grootgeluk Coal Mine move to electronic knowledge management". Aardvark Communication. 2003-06-20. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Mine to double its coal sales to Eskom". Business Report. 2007-04-02. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 
  4. ^ "Mining and Industry". Lephalale Local Municipality. Retrieved 15 January 2010. 

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