Richards Bay (Eskom) power station

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Richards Bay (Eskom) power station is a power station in the pre-permit stage in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Richards Bay (Eskom) power station Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa -28.770971, 31.976485 (exact)[1]

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1: -28.770971, 31.976485

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology CHP Start year Retired year
Unit 1 pre-permit[2][3] fossil gas - LNG[1] 3000[1] combined cycle[1]

CHP is an abbreviation for Combined Heat and Power. It is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy at high efficiencies. Coal units track this information in the Captive Use section when known.

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd (Eskom) [100.0%]


Richards Bay Combined Cycle Power Plant (RB CCPP) has been in the pre-construction stage since 2019. Its development is being delayed by opposition from environmental groups.[4]It is one of the six gas-to-power plants proposed in Richard’s Bay Area.[5] Other plants include: Karpowership Richards Bay power station (450 MW), Nseleni Independent Floating power station (2800 MW), Phinda Power Plant (450 MW), Richards Bay Gas to Power Plant 3 (2000 MW), and the Richards Bay Gas to Power Plant 2 (400 MW) RB CCPP is expected to take between 36 and 48 months to construct. Its lifespan will be 25 years.[4]

It was reported that construction of the plant is expected to take three to four years and is earmarked for completion by 2028. However, The Minister in the Presidency for Electricity Kgosientsho Ramokgopa on a site visit In May 2024, asked the team to revisit these timelines he believes the construction and completion timelines were conservative and that he would like to see these timelines accelerated.[6]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 02 June 2021. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. Archived from the original on 16 June 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. Archived from the original on 29 November 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  5. "South Africa: A Second Gas-to-Power Environmental Authorisation Is Refused for Richards Bay". 2021-12-03. Retrieved 2022-06-17.
  6. "Minister calls for completion of gas-to-power plant in Richards Bay". Energize. 2024-05-07. Retrieved 2024-06-12.

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