Boikarabelo power station (CESC)

From Global Energy Monitor

Boikarabelo power station (CESC) was a proposed 1,320-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in South Africa.


The map below shows Magaliesburg, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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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]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: CESC South Africa
  • Parent company: RPG Enterprises
  • Location: Magaliesburg, Waterberg region, South Africa
  • Coordinates: -26, 27.545833 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity:
    • Unit 1: 660 MW
    • Unit 2: 660 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Boikarabelo Coal Mine
  • Source of financing:

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