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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In March 2013, Intra Energy Corporation (IEC) announced it would construct and operate a 120 MW 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 March 15, 2013 for the plant to 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 was to 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 could 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 was to source its coal from its Tancoal mine in Tanzania, and not from Intra Energy’s Malcoal mine in Malawi, because the company was 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 the following of the project: "IEC is currently discussing the potential for this project to proceed with a new partner."[8]

The project appeared in Intra Energy's June 2019 annual report, but not in its June 2020 or June 2021 annual reports, so the project appears to be shelved or cancelled.[9] The company's March 2022 Quarterly Activities Report discussed selling off a substantial portion of their existing coal assets, so revival of this project is unlikely.[10]

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: Shelved
  • Capacity: 120 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Tancoal mine, Tanzania
  • Source of financing:

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