Kiwira Mine-2 power station

From Global Energy Monitor

The Kiwira Mine-2 power station was a proposed 200 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Tanzania.


The map below shows the proposed location of the Kiwira Mine-2 power station in Mbeya, near the Songwe-Kiwira coalfield.

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In 2014, the State Mining Corporation (STAMICO), a state-owned corporation of the United Republic of Tanzania, released an expression of interest seeking a joint venture partner to fully finance and help operate a proposed coal and power project at Kiwira. STAMICO has a 25 year license for the Songwe-Kiwira coalfield.

The project goals included:[1][2]

  • Expansion of the existing underground mine from 150,000 tonnes of coal annually to 300,000 tonnes;
  • Construction of a new opencast mine to produce 1.2 million tonnes of coal annually;
  • Construction of a 200 MW power plant; and
  • Construction of a 100km transmission line from the mine site to Mbeya City.

In June 2016, Tanzania's Deputy Energy Minister Medard Kalemani told Parliament that STAMICO would spend US$500 million on a mine and 200 MW coal plant, and that "preparatory work was at an advanced stage." The EIA was submitted. In addition, the plant could be expanded to 400 MW in the future, and Chinese companies were interested in developing the project. In 2015, a senior Chinese government said Beijing was willing to provide a soft loan for the Kiwira project through its financial institutions.[3]

As of June 2021, there have been no further developments, and the project appears to be shelved or cancelled.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Kiwira Coal and Power
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Mbeya, Tanzania
  • Coordinates: -9.485, 33.670 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 200 MW (4 x 50 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Ivogo Ridge of the Songwe-Kiwira coalfield
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Expression of interest for joint development of Kiwira Coal and Power Project," The United Republic of Tanzania, July 2014.
  2. "Mining Projects," STAMICO, accessed May 2017
  3. "STAMICO To Spend US$500m On Kiwira Coal-To-Power Project," Africa Power Monitor, 15 June 2016

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