Ankerlig Power Station
|Ankerlig Power Station|
Location of Ankerlig Power Station in South Africa
|Coordinates||33°35′32″S 18°27′37″E / 33.59222°S 18.46028°ECoordinates: 33°35′32″S 18°27′37″E / 33.59222°S 18.46028°E|
|Thermal power station|
|Nameplate capacity||1338 MW|
The plant is named after an Afrikaans expression "om die anker te lig" -hence the name "Ankerlig"-, which suggests a community that rises above the chains of poverty to go onto grow and prosper. The Ankerlig plant was built at the same time as the Gourikwa Power Station at a combined cost of R3.5 billion and was opened on 1 October 2007 by Deputy President Mlambo-Ngcuka. The plant is located close to the R27 just north of Atlantis in the Western Cape.
To cope with the increasing power demands of the Western Cape during periods of peak power demands, a gas turbine design that can be powered by either natural gas or liquid fuel, kerosene or diesel was chosen. The plant has nine cycle gas turbines each approximately 60m tall and eight fuel storage tanks with a combined storage capacity of 43 million litres. The plant was built by Siemens.
Conversion to Natural Gas
Due to the high cost of diesel and the discovery of natural gas, the Ibhubesi gas project, 400km north west offshore, Ankerlig is to be converted to gas. Conversion is expected to be completed in 2018.
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- "Energy Sector Reference Projects". Siemens. Retrieved July 13, 2011.
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