Matimba Power Station

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Matimba Babomba Power Station
Matimbakragstasie, Ellisras, Limpopo.jpg
CountrySouth Africa
Coordinates23°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
Thermal power station
Primary fuelCoal
Power generation
Units operational6 [1]
Nameplate capacity3,990 Megawatt [1]

Matimba 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.[permanent dead link]
  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. Archived from the original on 9 December 2009. Retrieved 15 January 2010.

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