Chipata power station

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Chipata power station is a cancelled power station in Chipata, Eastern, Zambia.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Chipata power station Chipata, Eastern, Zambia -13.645278, 32.646389 (approximate)

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 Start year Retired year
Unit 1 cancelled coal - unknown 300 unknown

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Black Rhino Group [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Coal source(s): Mozambique


In 2018, it was reported that private company Black Rhino Group planned to set up a 300 megawatt thermal power plant in Chipata, Eastern province. Power would be exported to Mozambique and Malawi. The company would use coal from Mozambique to produce the power.[1] Eastern Province's permanent secretary, Chanda Kasolo, said two pieces of land had been identified for the power station: one from the government, which was about 74 hectares, and another from Paramount Chief Mpezeni (a chieftainship of the Ngoni people), which was between 110 and 115 hectares. Kasolo added that construction of a 300 MW plant would take 12 months in the first phase, and that the project could include a potential additional 300 MW phase two "in the next 4 years."[2]

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.[3]

In 2019, Blackstone Group announced the global investor was pulling out of its African energy and infrastructure vehicle. Blackstone had talked up the potential for US$5 billion of investment, working alongside Nigerian billionaire Aliko Dangote; it was now selling Black Rhino to management.[4]

As of May 2023, there have been no further updates. Plans for the plant appear shelved or cancelled.

Articles and Resources


  1. "Chipata to Get 300MW Power Plant," ZNBC, September 17, 2018 (via Internet archive)
  2. "US$900m thermal power plant planning for Chipata," Daily Nation, February 13, 2018
  3. "Chipata to get a Thermal Power Station," Zambia Reports, June 19, 2018
  4. "Blackstone pullout reflects loss of patience from commercial investors," Africa Energy, February 14, 2019

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