Elitheni power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Elitheni power station was a proposed 250-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in South Africa.


The map below shows Indwe, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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In 2008 IPSA Group agreed that it would develop a 250 megawatt (MW) power plant at Strategic Natural Resources’ Elitheni mine mouth. The contract included a 20 million tonne off-take - with 1 million tonnes per year for 20 years.

In 2010 IPSA said it cannot proceed with the coal plant due to set-backs relating to South Africa’s public utility group Eskom, which was delaying contracts for power generation.

SNR said it was exploring other options for the sale of coal from its 150 million tonne Elitheni mine, which has completed a feasibility study.[1]

In 2013 SNR CEO Gabriel Ruhan said the company would be advancing a power station plan at the mine in the following year.[2]

By 2015 SNR was sold and the Elitheni mine closed.[3] Plans for the coal plant are likely cancelled.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: IPSA Group
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Indwe, South Africa
  • Coordinates: -31.466, 27.333 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 250 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type: Bituminous
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

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