Richards Bay Gas to Power Plant 3

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Richards Bay Gas to Power Plant 3 is a power station in the pre-permit stage in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is also known as Phakwe Richards Bay Gas Power Combined Cycle Gas to Power Plant, PRBGP3.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Richards Bay Gas to Power Plant 3 Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa -28.7417885, 32.0342877 (exact)[1]

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

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1: -28.7417885, 32.0342877

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] fossil gas - natural gas[2] 2000[2] combined cycle[2] 2030[2]

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 Phakwe Richards Bay Gas Power 3 Pty Ltd [100.0%]


The plant is one of the six gas-to-power plants proposed in the Richard’s Bay Area.[3] Other plants include: Karpowership Richards Bay power station (450 MW), Nseleni Independent Floating power station (2800 ) NFIPP, Phinda Power Plant (450 MW), Richards Bay (Eskom) power station (3000 MW), Richards Bay Gas to Power Plant 2 (400 MW).

In September 2016, the Environmental Authorization for constructing the proposed Richards Bay Industrial Development Zone Phase IF installation of bulk infrastructure services, Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal Province, was granted.

In July 2021, the Public Participation Plan and Approval was published. [4] 

In November 2021, Public consultation was conducted and an Application for the proposed plant was submitted.[5]

In June 2022, the Environmental Impact Assessment Report for the Phakwe Richards Bay Gas Power 3 (RB3) was published and the environmental authorisation was granted on 22 November 2022.[6] GroundWorks lodged an appeal against this decision in January 2023 but the appeal was dismissed. The Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) on behalf of groundWork and South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA) launched a review application in February 2024.[7] The project has not yet applied for their provisional atmospheric emission license.

Articles and Resources


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 02 November 2022. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. "South Africa: A Second Gas-to-Power Environmental Authorisation Is Refused for Richards Bay". 2021-12-03. Retrieved 2022-06-19.
  4. SAHRIS (PDF) Retrieved 19 June 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. (PDF) Retrieved 19 June 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Savannah Environmental (2022) EIA Report for Phakwe Richards Bay Gas Power 3" (PDF). SAHRIS. Retrieved 19 June 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. Lerato (2024-03-11). "Civil society approaches court to challenge go-ahead for Richard's Bay gas-to-power plant". Centre for Environmental Rights. Retrieved 2024-06-12.

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