Cabora Bassa power station

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Cabora Bassa power station is an announced power station in Kariba, Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Cabora Bassa power station Kariba, Mashonaland Central, Zimbabwe -16.01829, 30.58295 (approximate)[1]

The map below shows the approximate location of the power station.

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Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology CHP Start year Retired year
Phase 1 announced[1][2] gas[3] 150[3] not found not found not found
Phase 2 announced[1][2] gas[3] 350[3] not found not found not found

CHP is an abbreviation for Combined Heat and Power. It is a technology that produces electricity and thermal energy at high efficiencies. Coal units track this information in the Captive Use section when known.

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Parent
Phase 1 Tatanga Energy[3] Tatanga Energy [100.0%]
Phase 2 Tatanga Energy[3] Tatanga Energy [100.0%]


In December 2019, NS Energy reported that the gas will be supplied by Invictus’ Cabora Bassa Project located in Muzarabani, Zimbabwe.[4]

The Australian oil and gas company signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) alongside its partner, One-Gas Resources, and the power plant developer. The agreement will come into effect if a commercial gas discovery is made from the Cabora Bassa Project. The project is a response to Zimbabwe and southern Africa's energy crisis. The region has been enduring acute energy shortages which are hampering industry and economic growth.[4]

Invictus' managing director said that “The potential gas supply of up to 100 million cubic feet per day for 20 years is a substantial volume which will underpin the development of any commercial gas discovery we make in the Cabora Bassa Project.”[4] Invictus Energy and Tatanga Energy will jointly investigate the economic and commercial viability of supplying natural gas produced by the project to the proposed power plant. The power produced will be sold to the national grid and possibly to captive clients like mines, industries, and other large consumers of energy across Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Mozambique. Tatanga Energy CEO said that Tatanga Energy had entered into an early Gas Sales MOU as an important step to further commercial negotiations in the event of a successful exploration program from Invictus. [4]

The plant is planned to be constructed in two phases. The first phase is estimated to have a capacity of around 150 MW, while the second phase will have an additional capacity of around 350 MW. The optimal location of the gas-to-power plant will be determined by factors such as the proposed pipeline route and access to Southern Africa Power Pool (SAPP) and other transmission infrastructure.[4]

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 April 2021. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Archived from the original on 08 July 2022. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Archived from the original on 24 June 2021. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 "Cabora Bassa Project to supply gas for Tatanga's 500MW power plant". Archived from the original on June 2, 2021. Retrieved January 28, 2022.

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