Terragen power station

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The Terragen Power Station (also known as the Belle Vue or Bellevue power station) is a 70-megawatt (MW) coal-fired and bagasse-fired power station in Pamplemousses District, Mauritius.[1]

Location

The map below shows the location of the power station in Pamplemousses District, Mauritius.

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Background

The Terragen Power Station (also known as the Belle Vue power station) appears to produce electricity by using bagasse during the cane harvest season from July to December and coal during the intercrop season. The plant was commissioned in 2000 and the Power Purchase Agreement was signed with the local utility company for a period of 25 years. The power plant is managed by Terragen Management Ltd, a joint venture lead by Albioma, the French strategic partner of the group.[2] Terragen was formerly called the "Centrale Thermique de Belle Vue" or CTBV.[3]

In 2021, the Power Plant Manager at Terragen stated: “Our priority is to maintain the production of reliable and affordable energy for the CEB network, whilst continuing to grow our mix of renewable energies.” They noted the plant’s next few years will be devoted to a gradual transition favoring renewable energies as an alternative to coal.[3]

2022 Dispute Halts Production

As of June 27, 2022, this plant had been temporarily halting production since late April in the face of a contractual dispute with the Central Electricity Board. Terragen Limited sought an increase in the price of the electricity that they produce. Mauritius News reported that the CEB did not appear interested in negotiating, which may lead to a long court battle. This plant accounted for 17% of the total national power supply, so this "situation remains worrying".[4] The President of the Labor Party (PTR), Patrick Assirvaden, said an agreement must be made with the company to avoid both a blackout and bankruptcy for the company.[5]

At the end of October 2022, the CEB attributed a production shortfall of 158.3 GWh to the power station's pause.[6] They claimed that complying with Terragen Limited's request would cost Rs 700 million per year.[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Terragen Ltd
  • Parent company: Terra Mauricia Ltd.
  • Location: Pamplemousses District, Mauritius
  • Coordinates: -20.067599, 57.599132
  • Coal type: Unknown
  • Coal source:
  • Gross generating capacity (operating): 70 MW
    • Unit 1: Coal-fired subcritical, 35 MW (start-up in 2000)
    • Unit 2: Coal-fired subcritical, 35 MW (start-up in 2000)

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