Boffa Alumina power station
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Boffa Alumina power station is a cancelled power station in Boffa, Guinea.
Table 1: Project-level location details
|Plant name||Location||Coordinates (WGS 84)|
|Boffa Alumina power station||Boffa, Guinea||10.184167, -14.043889 (approximate)|
The map below shows the approximate location of the power station.
Table 2: Unit-level details
|Unit name||Status||Fuel(s)||Capacity (MW)||Technology||Start year||Retired year|
|Unit 1||cancelled||coal - unknown||250||subcritical||–||–|
Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details
|Unit 1||CPI Boffa Alumina [100.0%]|
Project-level captive use details
- Captive industry use (heat or power): aluminum
Project-level coal details
- Coal source(s): imported
In September 2011, Guinea officials asked China Power Investment (CPI) to build a 340 MW coal-fired power plant in the country. It was reported that the "project is part of ongoing negotiations between Guinea and CPI over the potential development of a bauxite mine in Boffa and construction of an alumina refinery and deepwater port."
In 2013, CPI Group signed a project concession agreement with the Government of Guinea to build an industrial park in CPI Guinea Boffa region. The park was planned to include an aluminum plant and at least 250 MW of installed coal capacity. There would also be a deep-water port and an associated aluminum mine at the Sanger Reddy district. Construction was planned to begin in 2014 and end in 2020.
In March 2015, Guinea cancelled a tender for bauxite mining blocks by China's Shandong Xinfa Aluminum and Electricity Group. It was reported that investor interest in the country for bauxite had cooled because of low metals prices coupled with political and contractual instability. However, in 2020, margins in the sector broadly appeared to have dramatically improved.
With no known developments on the CPI project, the project appears to be shelved or abandoned.
Articles and Resources
- "Guinea asks China to build 340 MW power plant" Saliou Samb, Reuters, September 18, 2011
- "CPI to spend $ 6 billion investment to build aluminum base in Guinea," Stock Market Today blog, September 9, 2013
- "Guinea cancels tender for ex-BHP bauxite permits," Mineweb, March 27, 2015
- "China’s Aluminum Bonanza May Have More to Offer Investors," Bloomberg, November 30, 2020
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