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Matimba Power Station

History:
The construction of Matimba started in 1981. Over the years Eskom has become a world respected electricity supplier and distributor. Not least of Eskom's achievements is the Power Station Matimba in Lephalale in South Africa's Limpopo Province. Designed to generate 4,000MW, Matimba, a Tsonga word meaning "Power" - is the largest direct dry-cooled Power Station in the world, with six 665MW turbo-generator units. The adjacent Grootegeluk colliery has sufficient coal reserves to guarantee Matimba a minimum lifespan of 35 years, extending to a possible 50 years at 2100 - 2130 tons of coal per hour. The annual send-out power from Matimba amounts to approximately 24,000GWh. 

Technical details:
  • Six 665MW units
  • Installed capacity: 3 990MW
  • 2001 capacity: 3 690MW
  • Design efficiency at rated turbine MCR (%): 35.60%
  • Ramp rate: 28.57% per hour
  • Average availability over last 3 years: 93.67%
  • Average production over last 3 years: 23 789GWh 
Contact details:
Tel: (014) 763-8911
 
Where is Matimba:
The station is situated close in Lephalale in the Limpopo Province