Gwayi power station (Shanghai)

From Global Energy Monitor

Gwayi power station was a proposed 1,200-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Gwayi, Zimbabwe. It was sponsored by Shanghai Electric Group, Shenergy Co Limited, and Nan Jiang Group.

There is also a 600 MW proposed coal plant at Gwayi, sponsored by China Africa Sunlight Energy: Gwayi Mine power station.


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

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In July 2014, a memorandum of understanding was signed between a joint venture led by Shanghai Electric Group and the Zimbabwe government for a 1,200 MW power station and mine in the country's western coal mining region. The joint venture also included Southern Africa Shanghai Energiser Company (SASEC) and Chinese firms Shenergy and Nan Jiang Group. SASEC aimed to sell the plant’s power to state-owned Zimbabwe Power Company, as well as exporting to the region.[1]

In September 2014, the project cost was estimated at US$5 billion and the location listed as Gwayi, Matabeleland North.[2]

With no developments since 2014, plans for the plant appear to be deferred or abandoned.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Shanghai Electric Group, Shenergy Co Limited, and Nan Jiang Group (China), Shanghai Energiser Company (South Africa)
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Gwayi, Zimbabwe
  • Coordinates: -20.17, 28.58 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 1,200 MW (Units 1-4: 300 MW)
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Tildy Bayar, "Chinese JV to build Zimbabwe coal power plant," Power Engineering, September 18, 2014
  2. "Zimbabwe: U.S.$5 Billion Power Project On Cards," All Africa, September 18, 2014

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