Hwange Makomo power station

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Hwange Makomo power station is a cancelled power station in Hwange, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe. It is also known as Southern Energy Power Project.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Hwange Makomo power station Hwange, Hwange, Matabeleland North, Zimbabwe -18.364722, 26.5 (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 - bituminous 330 subcritical
Unit 2 cancelled coal - bituminous 330 subcritical

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Hwange Makomo [100.0%]
Unit 2 Hwange Makomo [100.0%]

Project-level captive use details

  • Captive industry use (heat or power): other metals & mining

Project-level coal details

  • Coal source(s): Wankie colliery open cast mine


Makomo Resources is a coal mining company in the Bulawayo Mining District of Zimbabwe. The company is 60 percent owned by a group of Zimbabweans, while British and South African investors hold the rest. In July 2014, the company said it planned to spend US$1.5 billion on a 600-megawatt power plant in Hwange. Construction was planned to start in 2018. Makomo would finance the plant together with Chinese investors. Makomo would mine the fuel for the power station; it also supplies the nearby state-owned Hwange power station.[1]

In July 2014, Makomo Resources said construction of the plant would start in 2018. Companies including Sinosteel Zimasco planned to build power plant. The cost was estimated at US$1.5 billion; Makomo said it would finance the plant together with Chinese investors that they declined to identify.[2]

Feasibility studies were underway for the project by Chinese firm Sinohydro in February 2015, although the tender had not yet been awarded to any company. The estimated cost of the project was still US$1.5 billion. Sinohydro was also contracted to build a 600 MW coal plant expansion at Zimbabwe Power Company (ZPC)’s Hwange power station.[3]

In May 2016, it was reported that Makomo hoped for construction to begin in the fourth quarter of 2016.[4]

In October 2016, general manager Samson Mavhura said that Makomo Resources had obtained license for a 2 x 330 MW coal project "two weeks ago" and that the company was now looking at "activating our financiers." According to Mavhura, the project would cost at least US$2 billion. Mavhura said that Makomo was looking at raising output to 300,000 tonnes per month, surpassing the output of Hwange Colliery Company.[5]

In November 2017, it was reported that implementation of multi-billion dollar energy deals in Zimbabwe were under threat due to delays in the repayment of a US$60 million debt to the China Export and Credit Insurance Corporation (Sinosure). Projects affected included the 660 megawatt Makomo Resources thermal power plant project.[6]

There have been no development updates since 2016, and the project appears to be shelved or cancelled.

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