Kriel Power Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Kriel power station is a 3,000-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Mpumalanga, South Africa.


The map below shows the location of the plant, near Kriel, Nkangala District, Mpumalanga.

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Background on Plant

Kriel power station is a six-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 3,000 MW. The plant was completed between 1976 and 1979, and is owned by Eskom.

A 2019 Greenpeace report found that Kriel in Mpumalanga was the second worst sulphur dioxide (SO2) pollution hotspot in the world.[1]

In March 2017, Eskom said that it would hold meetings with the government and labour to discuss its plans to decommission five power stations over the next five years: Komati Power Station, Hendrina Power Station, Kriel Power Station, Grootvlei Power Station, and Camden Power Station. Eskom said the stations are old and unneeded, given the country's plans for new power capacity by independent power producers (IPPs).[2]

However, in April 2020, Eskom listed the planned retirement dates for the plant's six units between 2026 and 2030.[3]

In November 2020, the World Bank Group invited expressions of interest from consultants to assess the implications of retiring the Camden, Hendrina, Grootvlei, and Komati coal plants, but not the Kriel power station.[4]

Units at the plant face frequent disruptions. For example, in May 2021, a unit went offline due to a boiler tube leak contributing to load shedding.[5]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Eskom
  • Parent company: Eskom
  • Location: Kriel, Nkangala District, Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • Coordinates: -26.253937, 29.1784651 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 3,000 MW (Units 1-6: 500 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start year: 1976-79
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