Jindal Tete Power Station

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The Jindal Tete Power Station is a proposed 150-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station and mine in Tete province, Mozambique.


The map below shows the village of Chirodzi, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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Jindal Tete Power Station is sponsored by Indian company Jindal Steel and Power (JSPL) for Mozambique, between the districts of Songo and Changara. The station would produce electricity from coal in the central province of Tete. It has an estimated cost of US$3 billion. In October, 2011, the Mozambique government authorized Jindal to begin studies for the power station.[1]

The project has greatly scaled down in size. The agreement signed in 2011 between Mozambique's Ministry of Energy and Jindal Steel & Power called for a 2,640-megawatt (MW) plant, to be completed in 2015.[1] As of April 2014, Jindal Africa described the project as comprising Phase I of 42 MW (2 x 21 MW) and Phase II of 140 MW (2 x 70 MW). According to the company, the first station would be for the operational consumption of the company's mine, and the second phase would be for Mozambique's power needs.[2]

In March 2015 it was reported that the project will consist of one 150MW unit in the 1st phase, with approximately 10 MW being dedicated for operational consumption. Thereafter, a further 2nd phase consisting of one unit of 150 MW of power will be placed in situ, providing a total power output of around 290 MW.[3]

In March 2016 Jindal Steel & Power advertised in the Maputo newspaper Notícias for a consultant to serve as a project manager for a 150 MW coal plant at its Chirodzi coal mine. The company plans to use the majority of the electricity to power the Chirodzi mine and will sell the excess to Electricidade de Moçambique (EDM) under a 25-year power purchase agreement.[4]

In 2018 Jindal Africa claimed it planned to start construction on a 2 x 75 MW coal plant near the Chirodzi mine by the end of the year.[5]

Plans for the coal plant are not mentioned in Jindal Steels' 2019 Annual Report.[6] With no developments since 2018, plans for the coal plant appear to be shelved.

Coal mine

Jindal has also been granted a 25-year mining concession in the Moatize region covering 21,540 hectares of land, known as the Chirodzi mine.[1] JSPL plans for a 10 million tonnes per annum coal mining operation that will produce semi-hard grade coking coal for steel plants and thermal coal for power plants. [7] The mine opened in October 2013, and has estimated reserves of 1.2 billion tonnes of coal.[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Jindal Africa
  • Parent company: Jindal Steel and Power
  • Location: Chirodzi village, Songo and Changara districts, Tete province, Mozambique
  • Coordinates: -15.8587284, 32.9928875 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Capacity: 150 MW (Units 1&2: 75 MW)
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Chirodzi coal mine in the Moatize region, Tete province, Mozambique
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Mozambique: Another Coal Power Station Planned for Tete," All Africa, Oct. 4, 2011.
  2. "Mozambique," Jindal Africa website, accessed April 2014
  3. "Jindal Mozambique," Africa Outlook, Mar 27, 2015
  4. "Mozambique coal miners’ power station projects making ‘visible progress’" Engineering News, Mar 25, 2016
  5. "Jindal Mozambique," Africa Outlook, Feb 23, 2018
  6. "Annual Report," Jindal Steel, 2019
  7. "Facilities and Technologies: Other areas: Mozambique," Jindal Power website, accessed Feb 2014
  8. "Jindal Africa officially opens Chirodzi coal mine in Mozambique after export delays," CNBC Africa, Oct 18, 2013

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