Gwayi power station (Shanghai)

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Gwayi power station (Shanghai) is a cancelled power station in Gwayi, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Gwayi power station (Shanghai) Gwayi, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe -20.17, 28.58 (approximate)

The map below shows the approximate location of the power station.

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Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 cancelled coal - unknown 1200 unknown

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Shanghai Electric Power Co Ltd, Shenergy Co Ltd, Nan Jiang Group


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.

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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