Mmamabula West power station

From Global Energy Monitor

The Mmamabula West power station is a proposed 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Mmaphashalala, Botswana.


The map below shows the location of the Mmamabula coal field in Mmaphashalala, Botswana, but not the exact location of the Mmamabula West Energy Project.

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In 2013 African Energy Resources acquired the 2.4 billion tonne Mmamabula West coal export project in south‐east Botswana from Asenjo Energy for US$2.5 million.[1]

In March 2016 African Energy Resources signed a term sheet with an unnamed South African investment group to develop an integrated coal mine and thermal power station at Mmamabula West. In April 2016 the company said it was developing plans for a 600 MW coal plant at the site. The EIA was underway, and the company planned to submit the project to South Africa’s IPP procurement program by late 2016.[2]

In November 2016 Africa Energy Resources reported that its environmental consultants had completed the draft amendment to the Environmental and Social Impact Statement and the Environmental and Social Management Plan to include the 600 MW coal plant in addition to coal mining and processing, with plans to submit the plans to the Department of Environmental Affairs in December.[3]

The EIA was submitted in January 2017, and African Energy plans to submit the 600 MW project in the South African cross‐border IPP procurement program.[4][5][6]

An October 2018 quarterly report of African Energy Resources states that the company is reviewing "the recently released draft update to South Africa’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). Whilst the revised/draft IRP continue to promote use of coal as one of the principal sources of fuel for South Africa’s power needs, the draft does not specifically address the importation of 'cross‐border' power". The company is therefore "currently seeking input from the authorities in South Africa to determine the status of the Cross Border IPP Procurement Program."[7]

A January 2019 quarterly report of African Energy Resources noted the company is in "Negotiations with potential South African partners to take a majority stake in the project."[8]

A 2019 Annual Report of African Energy Resources noted plans for the mine but not the power station, which appears to be shelved.[9] The 2020 Annual Report noted the license for the coal mine expired in September 2019, and relisted plans for a 600 MW coal plant along with the proposed mine.[10]

A January 2021 quarterly report of African Energy Resources noted the license was extended to be valid until September 30, 2022, and that the company is seeking a partner who is "prepared to buy a majority equity stake in the project as an export option for coal into South Africa." Looking ahead, it also identified the need to "Revise mining prefeasibility study to reflect Eskom power station customer requirements, a revised LOM mining schedule and updated capital and operating cost estimates; Finalise the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment submission for an integrated coal mine and power station of up to 600MW with the Department of Environmental Affairs; [and] Finalise Land Rights approvals."[11]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Phokeje Power
  • Parent company: African Energy Resources
  • Location: Mmaphashalala, Botswana
  • Coordinates: -23.609295, 26.774952 (approximate)
  • Status: Pre-Permitted
  • Capacity: 600 MW
  • Type:
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Mmamabula West coal field
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Acquisition of 2.4 bt mmamabula west coal project," African Energy, Oct 15, 2013
  2. "Developing Power Projects in Southern Africa," African Energy London 121 Presentation, April 2016
  3. Harleigh Hobbs, "Mmamabula West project update," World Coal, 14 November 2016
  4. "Investor update: power generation opportunities in southern Africa," African Energy Resources presentation presentation, Feb 2, 2017
  5. "Quarterly Report," African Energy, July 31, 2018
  6. "Power Generation and Coal Export Project Developments," African Energy Investor Presentation, August 2018
  7. "Quarterly Report," African Energy, October 31, 2018
  8. "Quarterly Activities and Cashflow Report," African Energy Resources, January 31, 2019
  9. 2019 Annual Report, African Energy Resources, 14 Oct 2019
  10. 2020 Annual Report, African Energy Resources, Sep 30, 2020
  11. "Quarterly Activities Report For The Period Ended 31 December 2020," African Energy, Jan 29, 2021

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