Lethabo Power Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Lethabo power station is a 3,708-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in the Free State, South Africa.


The map below shows the location of the plant, near Viljoensdrif, Fezile Dabi District, the Free State.

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Background on Plant

The power station has an installed capacity of 3,708 megawatts (MW) comprising 6 X 618 MW units.[1]

In November 2020, the South African Department of Environment Forestry and Fisheries revealed that in May 2020, the agency issued an enforcement action over excessive particulate matter emissions from the Lethabo power station and expressed concern that the station's use of unlined coal ash and wastewater dams was contributing to groundwater pollution.[2][3]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Eskom
  • Parent company: Eskom
  • Location: Viljoensdrif, Fezile Dabi District, the Free State, South Africa
  • Coordinates: -26.7420315, 27.9768917 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 3,708 MW (Units 1-6: MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1985-1990
  • Coal type:
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  • Source of financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. Eskom, "Generations Plant Mix Revision 8", May 2008.
  2. "Eskom ordered to rectify pollution issues at three power plants", Engineering News, November 13, 2020.
  3. "National Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Report 2019-20", Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, 2020.

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