History: When Kriel was completed in 1979 it was the largest coal-fired power station in the Southern Hemisphere. It was also one of the first stations to be supplied with coal from a fully mechanised coal mine. The station is 26 years old this year.
General: Kriel is unique in that each turbine generator set is separate, whereas in Eskom's other stations, all the turbines are housed in a single turbine hall, all placed along the same axis.
The station's operating regime comprises five shifts of three in 24 hours.