Boikarabelo power station (CESC)
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Boikarabelo power station (CESC) is a cancelled power station in Magaliesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.
Table 1: Project-level location details
|Plant name||Location||Coordinates (WGS 84)|
|Boikarabelo power station (CESC)||Magaliesburg, Gauteng, South Africa||-26.0000, 27.5458 (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||-||660 MW||-||-||-|
|Unit 2||cancelled||-||660 MW||-||-||-|
Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details
|Unit 1||CESC Ltd||CESC Ltd|
|Unit 2||CESC Ltd||CESC Ltd|
Project-level coal details
- Coal source: Boikarabelo mine
- Source of financing:
In July 2011, Calcutta Electric Supply Corporation (CESC), the power company of India's RPG Group, began a feasibility study for construction of a 2 x 660 MW coal-fired power station adjacent to Resource Generation's proposed Boikarabelo Coal Mine to supply power to the South African grid. CESC signed a 38-year contract with Resource Generation (Resgen) for coal from the mine to power the station. Mining at the Boikarabelo mine was scheduled for late 2013.
In July 2013, DNA India reported that CESC dropped its effort to set up the power plant. The company withdrew from the agreement to explore opportunities for setting up the 1,320-mw power plant for which it had a coal sourcing agreement. The task of setting up the power plant was left to another Indian entity, IL&FS Energy Development, which formed a special purpose vehicle named Valu Investments. Resgen granted Valu Investments the right to own, build, and operate the potential power plant as an independent power project.
The Boikarabelo Coal Mine has not been developed and the power station project appears to be abandoned. After more than a decade of development, Resgen made an announcement in April 2021 stating that funding for the project had been halted and that the CFO and COO had stepped down. In July 2021, the company went into administration and meetings with creditors were on the books.
Articles and Resources
- "New Power Station may push Boikarabelo Coal Mine Expansion," Bulk, July 6, 2011
- "CESC pulls out of South Africa project," DNA India, July 12, 2013
- "CESC's fuel woes continue as South Africa mine development delayed," DNA India, November 15, 2014
- "Resgen cut off from further Noble funding, senior executives resign," Mining Weekly, April 16, 2021
- "ResGen goes into administration," Mining Weekly, July 6, 2021
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