Pretoria West power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Pretoria West power station is a 180-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Gauteng, South Africa. The power station may be mothballed or retired.


The map below shows the location of the plant, near Pretoria, Tshwane Municipality, Gauteng.

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Background on Plant

Pretoria West power station is a coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 180 MW. The plant was built in 1952, and is owned by Tshwane Electricity Division.[1]

In April 2015, the City of Tshwane said it was seeking proposals to renovate two coal-fired power plants to their original design capacity: Pretoria West power station and Rooiwal power station. Both were operating considerably below their capacity partly because they have been designed to use anthracite, a grade of coal that is more profitable to export.[2]

The initiative was considered unsuccessful by March 2016 after the municipality missed a September 2015 deadline to appoint the successful bidders.[3]

However, in April 2019, the City of Tshwane planned to revive the process to lease its coal-fired power station. Executive Mayor Stevens Mokgalapa said the City would invite proposals from private companies in the energy sector to upgrade the facility. In addition, the Pretoria West power station would be transformed from its usage of coal to generate power to using waste for energy.[3]

In September 2019, the City asked the National Treasury for legal guidance on how to proceed to implement a deal.[4]

However, in May 2021, Mayor Randall Williams declared the City bankrupt, saying the National Treasury found its liability exceeded assets by R3 billion. A councillor noted the Rooiwal and Pretoria West power stations must be revamped and recommissioned to supplement Eskom power shortages.[5]

It is unknown whether the units are currently operating or not. The World Electric Power Plants Database lists the six units as retired but does not list a retirement year.[6]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Tshwane Electricity Division
  • Parent company: Tshwane Electricity Division
  • Location: Pretoria, Tshwane Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Coordinates: -25.75839, 28.14667 (exact)
  • Status: Mothballed
  • Gross capacity: 180 MW (Units 1-6: 30 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1952
  • Coal type:
  • Coal source: anthracite
  • Source of financing:

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