Matimba power station
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Matimba power station is a 3,990-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Limpopo, South Africa.
The map below shows the location of the plant, in Lephalale, Waterberg District, Limpopo.
Background on Plant
According to a 2018 case study, the adjacent Grootegeluk coal mine has sufficient coal reserves to guarantee Matimba a minimum lifespan of 35 years, extending to a possible 50 years at 2,100 - 2,130 tons of coal per hour. Another 2020 article found that at the current rate of production, the open pit mine has enough coal for the next 125 years.
The plant has been described as follows: "Compared with the national angst about Medupi Power Station’s frequent outages and design flaws, Matimba is downright boring: it simply burns coal and produces carbon dioxide, over and over again, and will do so for decades to come."
- Sponsor: Eskom
- Parent company: Eskom
- Location: Lephalale, Waterberg District, Limpopo, South Africa
- Coordinates: -23.6688333, 27.610838 (exact)
- Status: Operating
- Gross capacity: 3,990 MW (Units 1-6: 665 MW)
- Type: Subcritical
- In service: 1987-91
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Articles and resources
- Eskom, "Generations Plant Mix Revision 8", May 2008.
- "Eskom, Matimba Power Plant, South Africa: Digitalizing One of the Largest Power Plants in the World", Hexagon PPM, 2018
- "The story of SA’s biggest power plant, and its little town", Mail & Guardian, April 29, 2020