Tutuka Power Station

From Global Energy Monitor

Tutuka power station is a 3,654-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Mpumalanga, South Africa.


The map below shows the location of the plant, near Standerton, Gert Sibande District, Mpumalanga.

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Background on Plant

The Tutuka Power Station is a coal-fired station owned by the South African publicly-owned electricity utility Eskom.

The power station has an installed capacity of 3,654 megawatts (MW) installed capacity comprising 6 X 609 MW units.[1]

As of 2018, Eskom was seeking an exemption until at least 2024 from pollution standards for its Tutuka plant. The plant, which is located in the heavily polluted Highveld Priority Area in Mpumalanga province, has been estimated to cause the premature deaths of 192 people a year and an economic loss of 2.4 billion rand (US$200 million) a year from health costs. Eskom is currently allowed to emit up to three and a half times more in particulate emissions than allowed under the minimum emission standards adopted in 2015.[2]

In November 2020, the South African Department of Environment Forestry and Fisheries revealed that in May 2020, the agency issued compliance notices to the Tutuka Power Station to rectify exceedances of emission limits and breaches of water licenses that have led to ground and surface-water pollution.[3][4]

The power station is frequently partially responsible for Eskom's loadshedding. For example, three units at the station were down in May 2021 "due to loss of air compressors."[5]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Eskom
  • Parent company: Eskom
  • Location: Standerton, Gert Sibande District, Mpumalanga, South Africa
  • Coordinates: -26.7771561, 29.3523764 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 3,654 MW (Units 1-6: 609 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1985-90
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