Richards Bay Mill power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Richards Bay Mill power station is a 72-megawatt (MW) coal-fired and biomass-fired power station in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.[1]


The map below shows the approximate location of the power station in KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa.

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Mondi’s Richards Bay Mill was commissioned in 1984 and produces two key products: Baycel, a premier grade bleached hardwood pulp made from eucalyptus fibre, and Baywhite, a white top kraft linerboard.[2]

According to a 2010 document prepared for a United Nations-run carbon offset scheme, the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), the mill operates at least one co-fired coal and biomass boiler which generates heat and electricity for the production of pulp and linerboard. The boiler reportedly operates or operated below its designed capacity in terms of biomass utilization. A CDM biomass project was proposed to extend boiler operations to better utilize biomass waste as an alternative fuel to coal.[3]

In addition to the co-firing coal units estimated at 72 MW capacity, Richards Bay Mill appears to operate an approximately 27 MW gas-fired unit commissioned in 2006 and 47 MW pulping liquor-fired unit commissioned in 2014.[1][4]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Mondi Ltd
  • Parent company: Mondi Group
  • Location: KwaZulu-Natal Province, South Africa
  • Coordinates: -28.8000, 32.1000 (approx.)
  • Coal type: Unknown
  • Coal source:
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 72 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired subcritical, 38 MW (start-up in 1984)
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired subcritical, 34 MW (start-up in 1984)

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Mondi invests in new 47 MW steam turbine at its Richards Bay mill in South Africa," RISI Technology Channels, August 20, 2012
  2. “Welcome to Mondi Richards Bay,” Mondi, accessed June 8, 2021
  3. “Project 0966 : Mondi Richards Bay Biomass Project,” CDM UNFCCC, accepted July 30, 2010
  4. “World Electric Power Plants Database,” S&P Global Platts, accessed June 2021 (purchase required)