Pamodzi power station

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Pamodzi power station, also known as Chipoka Coal Plant, is a proposed 120-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Salima district, Malawi.


The map below shows the location of Chipoka, Malawi, but not the exact location of the Chipoka Coal Plant.

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It was announced in March 2013 that "Intra Energy Corporation (IEC) ... will construct and operate a 120 MW (net) coal fired power station in Malawi through a wholly owned subsidiary. The company signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Malawi on the 15 March 2013 for the power plant that will be built at Chipoka, Salima."[1]

In 2013 IEC said the project was planned for operation in 2017, and permitting was near complete. The plant will be fueled by coal the company owns in the region; IEC owns the Nkhachira Coal Mine near Karonga in northern Malawi.[2]

In May 2014 IEC signed an MoU with Endeavor Energy Power to assess the potential of the project, which may be up to 240 MW.[3]

In April 2016, construction of a 120 MW coal plant was permitted.[4] Execution of the PPA term sheet for the project was completed with the government of Malawi in April 2016. Under the agreement, the plant will source its coal from its Tancoal mine in Tanzania, and not from Intra Energy’s Malcoal mine in Malawi, because the company is debating the sale of the mine and its other Malawi subsidiaries due to low sales.[5]

In its annual report for the period ending June 30, 2016, Chairman Graeme Robinson wrote that the Pamodzi project was on hold "until a suitable power station developer is found."[6]

In March 2017, Intra Energy reported: "In a recent review of the Unsolicited Independent Power Producers (UIPPs) done by Mott MacDonald, Project Pamodzi was identified as one of the only two coal-fired power station projects on the list of UIPPs to be considered for inclusion in the Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) study."[7]

A September 2018 Intra Energy Quarterly Report said of the project: "IEC is currently discussing the potential for this project to proceed with a new partner."[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Malcoal Mining
  • Parent company: Intra Energy Corporation (IEC)
  • Location: Chipoka, Salima district, Malawi
  • Coordinates: -13.966667, 34.5 (approximate location of Chipoka)
  • Status: Permitted
  • Capacity: 120 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Tancoal mine, Tanzania
  • Source of financing:

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