Namane power station

From Global Energy Monitor
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Namane power station was a proposed 660-megawatt (MW) coal-fired station in Waterberg District, South Africa. The project appears to be shelved or abandoned.


The map below shows Waterberg coal field, the approximate location where the plant would have been located, at farm Duikerpan 249LQ in the Waterberg District of the Limpopo Province.

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Namane Generation proposed constructing a 660 MW Independent Power Producer (IPP) coal plant at farm Duikerpan 249LQ in the Waterberg District, 44.9 km west-north-west of Lephalale. As of 2015, the company began the EIA and pursuing permits for the project. The project would have used low-grade coal sourced from the lower benches (bench 5 to bench 10) of the proposed Temo coal mine, which would lie adjacent to the plant in the Waterberg coal field. Temo coal mine was proposed by Temo Coal; both Temo Coal and Namane Generation are owned by the Namane Group. Construction would have required approximately five years.[1]

On February 28, 2017, the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) granted an integrated environmental authorisation to the project. The authorisation was appealed in April 2017 by Earthlife Africa Johannesburg and groundWork on various grounds, especially inadequate study and consideration of the impacts of the project to water supplies and quality in a water-restricted arid region. The appeal noted that the company's Updated EIR was non-committal regarding the type of cooling that would be used by the plant ("it is likely that dry cooling will be the preferred method of cooling for this Project") and that the project would produce severe impacts on an area already heavily affected by Eskom's Matimba power station and Medupi power station, in terms of its water usage, the water emissions that it would produce, and the sensitive wetlands that it would degrade or destroy. Of particular concern was the Limpopo River, located only 10 km from the Project and vulnerable to runoff via tributaries. The appeal also noted heritage impacts due to project's location in a palaeontological sensitive zone; air quality impacts; climate change impacts; and the lack of an established need for power.[2]

In addition to an environmental permit, the project was required to obtain a water use licence (WUL) for coal combustion waste and an atmospheric emission licence (AEL). As of April 2017, neither process had been undertaken.[2]

South Africa's draft Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity (IRP), released in August 2018, contained plans for an additional 1,000 MW of new coal-fired power on top of under-construction coal plants, namely Khanyisa power station and Thabametsi power station. No other coal plants were listed.[3]

The Centre for Environmental Rights has a page tracking the litigation associated with the plant, which has not been updated since 2017.[4] A similar case filed in 2017, related to the KiPower power station, was ordered by the court in May 2022.[5] There has been no known activity on the development of the project since April 2017, and it appears to be abandoned.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Namane Generation
  • Parent company: Namane Group
  • Location: Waterberg District, Limpopo Province, South Africa
  • Coordinates: -23.666667, 27.516667 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 660 MW
  • Type: Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB)
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type: Waste coal
  • Coal Source: Waterberg coal field
  • Source of financing:

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