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City of Johannesburg has entered into a power purchase agreement with Kelvin coal-fired power station.
City of Johannesburg has entered into a power purchase agreement with Kelvin coal-fired power station.
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The City of Johannesburg's plans to offset load shedding by procuring additional power from independent coal-fired plant Kelvin may not come to be effective, according to an industry expert.

Last week, the City of Johannesburg entered into a new Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Kelvin - an independent power producer located in the east of Johannesburg. The existing 20-year PPA is to expire in November, according to City Power spokesperson Isaac Mangena.

According to a statement issued by the office of Gauteng Premier David Makhura, the PPA is a two-year agreement and will increase the capacity procured from Kelvin from 80 MW to 180 MW. This additional capacity can help offset load shedding- at least to stages one, two, three and possibly stage four, Mangena explained.

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