Dangote power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Dangote power station is a proposed 630-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Zimbabwe. There have been no development updates in two years, and is presumed to be shelved.


The map below shows Zimbabwe. The location of the plant within the country has yet to be determined.

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In September 2015 Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote registered his trading company, Dangote Holdings, in Zimbabwe and said he plans to build a 630MW thermal power station. The company is also interested in coal mining and cement manufacturing. The Zimbabwe Investment Authority suggested the Dangote team enter into joint ventures with locals who have already acquired independent power producers’ licenses to speed up the process. About 18 such licenses have been issued, but only three IPPs are producing power. Dangote Holdings did not comment. The location has therefore yet to be determined, and the project may be merged with an existing coal plant proposal.[1]

The project was granted an investment license by the country's Investment Authority in October 2015, although Dangote said he was still exploring whether to build the plant alone or enter into a joint venture.[2]

In August 2016, it was reported that aides to Dangote had been denied visas to enter Ghana, the result of infighting within the Zimbabwe government. The factional fighting placed doubt on prospects for the proposed coal plant.[3]

In January 2017 Dangote invited a team of Zimbabwean officials for talks to discuss his proposed investments in the country, including a cement plant, a coal mine, and a power plant.[4]

An April 2017 article in the Daily News complained that the deal remained "pie-in-the sky."[5]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Dangote Holdings
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Zimbabwe
  • Coordinates:
  • Status: Shelved
  • Gross Capacity: 630 MW
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  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Dangote to establish power station," Nehanda Radio, Sep 13, 2015
  2. "$1.2 billion Dangote projects licensed," The Herald, Oct 27, 2015
  3. "Zimbabwe: Aliko Dangote Team Denied Zim Visas," WallAfrica, 4 August 2016
  4. Lincoln Towindo, "Positive response from Dangote," Sunday Mail, 22 Jan 2017
  5. Tendai Kamhungira, "Dangote deal pie in the sky," Daily News, 30 April 2017

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