Cahora Bassa power station

From Global Energy Monitor
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The Cahora Bassa power station is a proposed 120-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Mozambique.


The map below shows the district of Cahora Bassa, the approximate location where the proposed plant would be built.

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In November 2014 mining company Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) Mozambique, a subsidiary of Kazakhstan-based ENRC, said it was negotiating with the government of Mozambique to build a power plant. The coal-fired plant would provide energy to power the company’s operations, with the remainder sold to Mozambique’s state electricity company or exported. The proposed project includes production of liquid fuels from coal and 120 megawatts of electricity to be sold in Mozambique and possibly to Zambia.[1]

The announcement came as ENRC Mozambique signed a contract with the government of Mozambique for coal mining in an area of 23,760 hectares in the Cahora Bassa district of the northwestern province of Tete. The company said it expects to mine 25 million tonnes of coal per year for 25 years. The power station would be built at the mouth of the mine.[1]

In August 2018 it was reported that direct intervention by Cahora Bassa district administrator Ana Maria Beressone had led to a resettlement agreement for the project. The agreement was signed on July 5 and identified both farm and residential land for 721 families. The project is described as a plan "to mine coal in Chissua, Tete, and burn it on the spot to generate electricity to sell to Zambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo".[2]

With no developments since August 2018, the project appears to be shelved.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation (ENRC) Mozambique
  • Parent company: ENRC
  • Location: Cahora Bassa district, Tete province, Mozambique
  • Coordinates: 15.587, 32.857 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Capacity: 120 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Cahora Bossa, Mozambique
  • Source of financing:

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