Chinsali power station

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Chinsali power station is a cancelled power station in Chinsali, Zambia.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Chinsali power station Chinsali, Chinsali, Zambia -10.538525, 32.073014 (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
Unit 1 cancelled[2] fossil gas - natural gas[2][3] 400[2][3] combined cycle[1]
Unit 2 cancelled[2] fossil gas - natural gas[2][3] 800[3] combined cycle[1]

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
Unit 1 [100.0%]
Unit 2 [100.0%]


Zambia is endeavoring to diversify its energy sector. The country has for decades depended on hydro for power generation until the 2015-2016 energy poverty years that awakened the nation to power diversification to other sources such as solar and geothermal.

In June 2017, the Ministry of National Planning revealed that the state was embarking on a program to diversify the energy sector further by establishing a 400 MW gas-fired and powered plant in the Chinsali district for US $900 million.[4]

The establishment of the plant is one of the measures the Government placed to increase the country’s power generation capacity. [4]The project was to be executed under the Tanzania-Zambia Mafuta (TAZAMA) Pipeline Limited. The gas to power the plant will be sourced from Zambia’s Rift Valley neighbor Tanzania and part of it will come from the Mozambique gas project.[4] The power generation plant will be supplied with gas from the port of Dar es Salaam via a 36-inch pipeline. The pipeline will be laid alongside the crude oil pipeline in the existing TAZAMA wayleave, with an estimated length of 1,100 km.[4]

The plant is planned to be expanded to 1200 MW.[5]

As of 2021, there has been no news for four years, so the project is assumed to be cancelled.

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 (PDF) Archived from the original (PDF) on 20 March 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Archived from the original on 02 June 2021. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |archive-date= (help); Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Archived from the original on 18 September 2021. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Zambia's Muchinga Province Capital (Chinsali) in $1billion Gas Powered Electricity Plant Investment Project". June 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. "Zambia gasses mega power project – Zambia Daily Mail". Archived from the original on June 2, 2021. Retrieved January 28, 2022.

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