Karo power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Karo power station was a proposed 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe.


The map below shows Mhondoro-Ngezi district, Mashonaland West Province, the approximate location for the proposed power station.

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In March 2018, Cyprus-based Karo Resources signed a US$4.2-billion deal to develop a platinum mine and refinery in the Mhondoro-Ngezi platinum belt of Zimbabwe, west of Harare. The project was going to include a coal mine and 600 MW coal-fired power station to produce electricity for the smelter. The first phase of production was expected to commence in 2020 with an annual output of 3.6 million tonnes of ore and 350,000 ounces of platinum metals. The project was first proposed in 2012.[1]

In July 2018, Karo Mining announced plans to build a 300 MW solar project for its platinum mining operations instead of its original plans for a 600 MW coal-fired power plant after discussions with the Zimbabwean government.[2] In addition, the future of the entire venture is uncertain.[3]

Project Details

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  • Parent company: Karo Resources
  • Location: Mhondoro-Ngezi district, Mashonaland West Province, Zimbabwe
  • Coordinates: -18.5673309, 30.6696866 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 600 MW
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Articles and resources


  1. "Zimbabwe signs $4.2bn platinum deal to transform mining sector," Mining Weekly, March 22, 2018
  2. Tom Kenning, "Zimbabwe mining firm chooses solar over giant coal plans," PV Tech, July 25, 2018
  3. "Karo’s US$4bn venture crumbles," Zimbabwe Independent, November 20, 2020

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