Chipata power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Chipata power station is a proposed 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Zambia.


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

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In 2018, it was reported that private company Black Rhino Group plans to set up a 300 megawatt thermal power plant in Chipata – Eastern province. Power will be exported to Mozambique and Malawi. The company will use coal from Mozambique to produce the power.[1] In addition, Eastern Province's permanent secretary, Chanda Kasolo, said two pieces of land had been identified for the power station: one from the government, which is about 74 hectares, and another from Paramount Chief Mpezeni (a chieftainship of the Ngoni people), which is between 110 and 115 hectares.

In July 2018, angry villagers from Paramount Chief Mpezeni’s area attacked people that were clearing an area meant for the establishment of the US$900 million plant and demanded compensation for the land.[2]

As of June 2021, there have been no further updates and plans for the plant appear shelved.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Black Rhino Group
  • Parent company: Blackstone
  • Location: Chipata, Eastern Province, Zambia
  • Coordinates: -13.645278, 32.646389 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Gross Capacity: 300 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Mozambique
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Chipata to Get 300MW Power Plant," ZNBC, September 17, 2018 (via Internet archive)
  2. "Chipata to get a Thermal Power Station," Zambia Reports, June 19, 2018

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