Chipata power station

From Global Energy Monitor

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

It appears shelved or cancelled.


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 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 June 2022, there have been no further updates. Plans for the plant appear shelved or cancelled.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Black Rhino Group
  • Parent company: Blackstone
  • Location: Chipata, Eastern Province, Zambia
  • Coordinates: -13.645278, 32.646389 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • 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. "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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