Salkadamna power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Salkadamna power station is a proposed 200 to 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Tahoua region, Niger.


The map below shows the location of the city of Tahoua. The project is planned to be built near here, in Salkadamna village.

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Coal mine

In 2012, the Government of Niger announced its intention to build Salkadamna coal mine in the Tahoua Region after the discovery of a reserve of 92 million tonnes (the area was later estimated to hold coal reserves of around 69 million tonnes).[1][2] The goal of the project was to build a mine with a production capacity of 1.1 million tonnes per year. The production was intended to supply fuel for a coal-powered plant and to produce coal briquettes for local consumption. The project involved the construction of a coal-mining complex on 30 square kilometers of land with the construction of a 600MW coal-fired power plant, a 500km high-power line, and a coal-fired briquette plant. US-based Source California Services Inc. (SCS) has been appointed as the developer and China-based Huawei International Power Engineering as the technical consultant.[3]

Power station

The Salkadamna power station is proposed at Salkadamna in the Tahoua region of Niger, about 900 km (600 miles) northeast of the capital Niamey. The project is proposed to have a production capacity of 200 MW, with a potential expansion to 600 MW in the medium term. The first phase consists of four 50 MW units using circulating fluidized bed (LFC) technology, and may use lignite from the mine at Salkadamna.[4]

In April 2015, sponsor SCS said it had completed financing for the US$1.2 billion open-cast coal and power project, and that work could begin, although the timeline remains unclear. Niger president Mahamadou Issoufou visited the site in mid‑2014 for the laying of the first stone but it appears actual works did not begin then. It is also unclear who the financial backers are, according to reports.[5] One source noted it was China.[6]

In May 2016, it was reported that officials in Niamey were fed up with delays on the project by Sources California Energy, and were exploring a partnership with China’s Eximbank.[7]

As of October 2019, the 600 MW project was still expected by some by 2023.[8]

In May 2021, Prime Minister Ouhoumoudou Mahamadou announced a Government commitment to increase the rate of household access to electricity to 30% by 2026, including by building the first phase of the Salkadamna of thermal plant, or 200 MW of coal-fired power.[9]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Sources California Energy
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Salkadamna village, near the city of Tahoua in Tahoua region, Niger
  • Coordinates: 14.883333, 5.266667 (approximate)
  • Status: Phase I: 4x50 MW (Announced) & Phase II: 400 MW (Cancelled)
  • Gross Capacity: 600 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start date:
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Salkadamna coal mine, a proposed mine-mouth coal mine in Tahoua region, Niger
  • Mine Type: surface, open cast
  • Mine Production: 1.1 million tonnes per annum
  • Mineable Reserve: 69 million tonnes.
  • Source of financing:

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