Mookane Domestic Power Project

From Global Energy Monitor

The Mookane Domestic Power Project (MDPP) was a proposed 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Botswana.


The map below shows the city of Mookane, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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The plant, which was proposed by Tau Capital Group and CIC Energy, was to be located near the Mmamabula coal field and cater primarily to the domestic market.[1]

On its website, CIC states that in February 2010 the company "signed a Memorandum of Understanding with GCL Projects Limited, an affiliate of Golden Concord Holdings Limited (GCL Poly Energy Holdings). Under the proposed project structure, GCL would be the majority equity investor of the MDPP, and affiliates of GCL would act as the construction contractor and operator of the power station. CIC Energy would be a 30% equity holder in the MDPP, and would be responsible for overseeing the development and operation of the mine."[2]

The company stated that while some of the work done in support of its stalled proposal for the 1200 megawatt coal-fired Mmamabula Export Power project (MEP)[1] could be used, it would be based on a different supplying mine and a site adjacent to the proposed MEP project.[2]

In March 2011, it was reported that GCL Bostwana had filed a notice of arbitration with the Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre alleging that CIC has a contractual obligation to agree with the terms of the two companies' power purchase agreement and coal supply agreement. Meanwhile, CIC Energy announced plans to merge with India's JSW Energy. The two companies were reportedly in talks to resolve the dispute.[3]

However, there has been no news of the project since 2011, and it appears to have been cancelled.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: GLC-CIC Mookane Power Holdings[3]
  • Parent company: CIC Energy (30%), GCL Botswana (70%)[3]
  • Location: Mookane, Bosnia
  • Coordinates: -23.6875, 26.661389 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 300 MW
  • Type: Subcritical[3]
  • Projected in service:
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  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Kabo Mokogabone, "Defiant Mmamabula developers still hopeful of project", Sunday Standard (Botswana), May 30, 2010.
  2. 2.0 2.1 CIC Energy, "Mookane Domestic Power Project", CIC website, March 2010.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Lindiwe Molekoa, "Mookane domestic power project, Botswana," Engineering News, March 4, 2011

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