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 -26.0, 27.545833 (approximate)

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Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 cancelled coal - unknown 660 unknown
Unit 2 cancelled coal - unknown 660 unknown

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 CESC Ltd (CESC) [100.0%]
Unit 2 CESC Ltd (CESC) [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Coal source(s): Boikarabelo mine


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.[1]

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.[2]

In November 2014, DNA India also reported that delays at Resgen's Boikarabelo Coal Mine and Boikarabelo power station (Resgen) were creating problems for CESC given its long-term contracts.[3]

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.[4] In July 2021, the company went into administration and meetings with creditors were on the books.[5]

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