Pointe Aux Caves power station
Pointe Aux Caves power station was a proposed 110-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Riviere Noire, Mauritius.
The map below shows Riviere Noire district, the approximate location the plant would be built.
In December 2008, the Mauritius Central Electricity Board (CEB) signed a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Mauritius CT Power for the setting up of a 110 MW subcritical coal plant at Pointes Aux Caves in Albion. The project secured its EIA license in 2013. The PPA included construction of a coal jetty and coal storage site to import coal from the Port Louis Harbour, located in the capital city of Mauritius. Plans included the possibility of an additional 110 MW coal plant over time.
In March 2015 the Mauritius Cabinet said it had decided not to proceed with the power plant project by Mauritius CT Power given the "failure of the promoters of the project to submit evidence of their financial capacity or the sources of funding. Government would consider other feasible options, with necessary transparence and clarity, to meet electricity demands for the period 2015-2019 and ensure energy security for Mauritius."
Social organizations took action to get the coal power project shelved and documents regarding negotiations with private sector energy companies released. They launched the Renewable Energy Collective (KLR) and, together with the Centre for Alternative Research and Studies (CARES), launched the Power Shift campaign. This in turn led to the establishment of the People’s Cooperative Renewable Energy Coalition. In 2013, Jeff Lingaya, a member of the collective who was fighting the coal power project, undertook a hunger strike.
- Sponsor: Mauritius CT Power
- Parent company: Mauritius CT Power
- Location: Pointe Aux Caves, Albion, Riviere Noire, Mauritius
- Coordinates: -20.333333, 57.416667 (approximate)
- Status: Cancelled
- Capacity: 110 MW
- Type: Supercritical
- Start date:
- Coal Type:
- Coal Source: Imported
- Source of financing:
Articles and resources
- "Request for Expression of Interest," Mauritius Central Electricity Board, 2013
- "Cabinet Decisions," March 13, 2015
- "Power Shift Campaign, People’s Cooperative Renewable Energy Society Ltd," Transformative Cities, July 2018
- "In Mauritius, the fight for clean energy is a battle against inequality," Open Democracy, April 23, 2018
- "No More Excuses," L'express Maurice, January 30, 2013