Kelvin power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-SouthAfricaCoal}}Kelvin power station is a 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Gauteng, South Africa.


The map below shows the location of the plant, in Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni Municipality, Gauteng.

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Background on Plant

Kelvin power station is a 13-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 600 MW. The plant was completed between 1957 and 1969. It was developed and operated by the City of Johannesburg.[1]

As of December 2014 the plant operates at around 200 MW max. The plant is currently controlled by Nedbank Capital and Investec Bank, who are inviting bids on the power station. The plant has a PPA with the City of Johannesburg through 2021, but the bidder may use the site to build a new plant, as it is already connected to the Eskom grid.[2]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Nedbank Capital and Investec Bank
  • Location: Kempton Park, Ekurhuleni Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Coordinates: -26.1157758, 28.194019 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Nameplate capacity: 600 MW (Kelvin-A: 6 x 30 MW units; Kelvin-B: 7 x 60 MW units)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1957-60 (Kelvin-A); 1962-69 (Kelvin-B)
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  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.
  2. "Owners invite bids for landmark Kelvin Power Station," Business Day, Dec 3, 2014

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External resources

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