Mchuchuma power station

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The Mchuchuma power station is a proposed 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Tanzania associated with the Mchuchuma Coal Mine.


The map below shows the location of the Mchuchuma, Iringa, Tanzania, but not the exact location of Mchuchuma power station.

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In September 2011 China's Sichuan Hongda Co. Ltd. signed a US$3 billion deal with Tanzania to mine coal and iron ore in Tanzania. The investment involves construction of the Mchuchuma Coal Mine, a 220kv transmission line between Mchuchuma and Liganga for supplying the Liganga Metallurgical Complex, and an accompanying 600-megawatt (MW) thermal power station. 250 MW from the power plant will be devoted to the Liganga Metallurgical Complex, with the remaining 350 MW provided to the national grid. It is estimated that Mchuchuma coal deposits have more than 480 million tonnes of coal reserves.[1][2]

In 2013 it was reported that the power station would be constructed over the next three years, with the first 300 MW planned by 2015.[3]

However in October 2014 it was reported that construction would begin on the projects in 2015, and expected to be completed by 2019.[4]

The estimated cost for Mchuchuma and Liganga iron ore mines and plants are US$3 billion, which will be sourced in partnership between the Tanzania government and Sichuan Hongda. In January 2015 it was reported that the government was having difficulty securing the funding, given budget constraints.[5]

In May 2016 it was reported that work on the mining projects had been pushed to 2017.[6]

According to an October 2016 report, the process of evaluating compensation for 126 households around the Mchuchuma projects (290 individuals) and the 19 households and farms around the Liganga project (299 individuals) was completed in September 2015 but the process of compensating the villagers was not subsequently carried out.[2]

In March 2017 it was reported that the government was in the midst of settling issues with investors regarding incentives and power tariffs. It was expected that conclusion of the negotiations would lead for funds to be released to compensate people who will be relocated for the projects. Mining would then begin.[7]

According to a March 2017 report, the mines ministry had opened an inquiry into the performance of Sichuan Hongda Group in the wake of disappointment with the firm's performance.[8]

In September 2018 it was reported the country will need US$645.75 million for the plant, and that the project’s feasibility studies still need to be actualized.[9]

In May 2020, the government reaffirmed its plans to proceed with the plant. The ministry also told Parliament that a lack of funds and technology to drill iron core were key reasons behind the continued delay.[10] However, there have been no developments on the project since.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Tanzania China International Mineral Resources Limited
  • Parent company: National Development Corporation, Sichuan Hongda Group
  • Location: Mchuchuma, Iringa, Tanzania
  • Coordinates: -9.25, 34.25 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Gross Capacity: 600 MW (4 x 150 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Mchuchuma Coal Mine
  • Source of financing:

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