Ezinmo power station

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The Ezinmo power station was a proposed 1,000-megawatt (MW) coal-fired plant in Enugu, Nigeria.


The map below shows the location of the state of Enugu, but not the exact location of the proposed power station.

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In July 2012 it was reported that Chinese firm Sepco III and its technical partner, Pacific Holding, planned to construct a 1,200 MW coal power plant in Benue State, at an estimated cost of US$4 billion.[1]

In August 2013 it was reported that Nigeria’s federal government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chinese energy company HTG-Pacific Energy for a US$3.7 billion, 1200 MW coal power project. The majority of the funds required to carry out the project will be sourced from foreign banks. The expectation is that the first power from the project can be generated onto the grid within the next four years. The power station is to be built near Pacific Energy's proposed Ezinmo coal mine extending from Benue to Enugu state.[2]

In September 2014 it was announced the project would be 1,000 MW and located in Enugu. The MoU was signed between the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and HTG-Pacific Energy.[3] The estimated cost is US$3.7 billion.[4]

With no developments since September 2014, the project appears to have been deferred or abandoned.

Public opposition

The project would use coal from the Ezinmo Coal Block in Enugu, according to an MoU signed between the Ministry of Mines and Steel Development and Power and HTG-Pacific Energy Consortium. Enugu is a site where the Nigerian Coal Corporation (closed by the Federal Government in 2005) engaged in decades-long mining that left the area in a ruined condition according to the environmental groups Neighborhood Environment Watch (NEW) and Environmental rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN). In addition, the groups allege that former miners have been forced from their homes at the Colliery Quarters, while 600 former miners have died while waiting for the arrears of their pensions.[5]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: HTG-Pacific Energy
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Ezinmo coal mine, Enugu state, Nigeria
  • Coordinates: 6.452667, 7.510333 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 1,000 MW
  • Type:
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Ezinmo coal mine, Nigeria
  • Source of financing: Foreign banks

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