Kelvin power station

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Kelvin power station is a 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Gauteng, South Africa.

According to South Africa's Integrated Resource Plan (IRP 2019), the power station is planned for retirement by December 2026.[1]


The map below shows the location of the plant, in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni Municipality, Gauteng.

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Background on Plant

Kelvin power station is a 13-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 600 MW. The plant was completed between 1957 and 1969. It was developed and operated by the City of Johannesburg.[2]

As of December 2014 the plant operates at around 200 MW max. The plant is currently controlled by Nedbank Capital and Investec Bank, who are inviting bids on the power station. The plant has a PPA with the City of Johannesburg through 2021, but the bidder may use the site to build a new plant, as it is already connected to the Eskom grid.[3]

In 2018 United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) funded a study by Novo Energy Ltd to convert the plant to a gas-fired power station.[4]

In 2021 Harith General Partners (parent to Novo Energy Ltd) announced plans to build two gas-fired power plants at the Kelvin site of up to 700 MW.[5]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Nedbank Capital and Investec Bank (coal); Harith General Partners (gas)[5]
  • Location: Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Coordinates: -26.1157758, 28.194019 (exact)
  • Gross Generating Capacity (proposed): 700 MW
    • Unit 1: Gas-fired, 350 MW (start-up in 2023)
    • Unit 2: Gas-fired, 350 MW (start-up in 2023)
  • Gross Generating Capacity (operating): 600 MW
    • 600 MW (Kelvin-A: 6 x 30 MW units; Kelvin-B: 7 x 60 MW units)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1957-60 (Kelvin-A); 1962-69 (Kelvin-B)
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Articles and resources


  1. Integrated Resource Plan (IRP2019), South Africa Dept of Energy, October 2019
  2. "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.
  3. "Owners invite bids for landmark Kelvin Power Station," Business Day, Dec 3, 2014
  4. South Africa: USTDA supports Kelvin gas project, African Energy, Aug 24, 2018
  5. 5.0 5.1 Johannesburg’s First Gas-Fired Power Plants Planned by Harith, Bloomberg, Feb 4, 2021

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