Beifa power station

From Global Energy Monitor

The Beifa power station is a proposed 270-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in the Hwange rural district, Zimbabwe.

Location

The map below shows the approximate location of Dinde in the Hwange rural district, Zimbabwe, but not the exact location of the proposed Beifa power station.

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Background

Starting in approximately February 2019, Chinese nationals - Beifa Investments (Pvt) Limited - have been touring and exploring the Dinde area for coal mining and potentially building a coal-fired power plant.[1] According to April 2021 reporting, the company believes the Dinde project “is of national importance as it will feed into our proposed 270 Mega Watts Power Plant which is one-third of the Hwange installed capacity. The project will go a long way in alleviating the power crisis obtaining in the country.”[2]

As of 2021, some of the coal identified at the site may be unsuitable for power generation and the project has been mired in controversy.[3]

Opposition

At full scale, the coal project will be implemented in four wards which could consist of 15-20 villages each.[4]

The site location, Dinde, is reportedly home to a mixture of the Nambya and the Tonga people, both sidelined minorities, who were settled there by the Rhodesian government in the 1930s after being forcibly uprooted from their ancestral lands in areas including Chinamatila, Bumbusi, and Mandavu to make way for the Hwange National Park. The proposed coal operations raise many concerns, including about impacts to the environment and heritage sites.[5][6]

In April 2021, Never Tshuma - a Katambe villager in Hwange and the chair of the Dinde Development Association - was arrested for allegedly inciting fellow villagers to resist a coal exploration exercise by investors in the area.[7] Certain traditional leaders and government officials have also pushed back against those resisting the project. Information for Development Trust, a non-profit organization supporting the media to probe corruption and bad governance, investigated the site.

In May 2021, The Standard reported that "Unlike most typical Zimbabwean land-use and ownership disputes in which ruling [Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front] activists often acted as enforcers of unpopular government policies, the war in Dinde is a factional contest."[3]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Beifa Investments (Pvt) Ltd
  • Parent company: Beifa Investments (Pvt) Ltd
  • Location: Dinde, Hwange, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe
  • Coordinates: -18.410819, 26.784252 (approximate)
  • Status: Announced
  • Capacity: 270 MW
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