Rooiwal power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Rooiwal power station is a 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Gauteng, South Africa. Some of the units at 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

Rooiwal power station is a five-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 300 MW. The plant was completed between 1962 and 1970, and is owned by Tshwane Electricity Division.[1] The Rooiwal facility is designed to produce 450MW.[2]

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.[3]

The initiative was considered unsuccessful by March 2016 after the municipality missed a September 2015 deadline to appoint the successful bidders.[2]

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.[2]

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 units 1 and 4 as retired in 2010 and 2009 respectively.[6]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Tshwane Electricity Division
  • Parent company: Tshwane Electricity Division
  • Location: Pretoria, Tshwane Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Coordinates: -25.5550101, 28.2375732 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (units 2, 3, 6); Mothballed (units 1, 4)
  • Gross capacity: 300 MW (Units 1-5: 60 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1962-70
  • Coal type: Anthracite
  • Coal source:
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