Sechaba power station

From Global Energy Monitor
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The Sechaba power station is a proposed 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station and mine in central Botswana.


The map below shows Palapye. The Sechaba Colliery would located about 30 kilometers to the northwest of Palapye in the Central District of Botswana.[1]

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Botswana-based Shumba Coal has proposed the 300 MW Sechaba power station, which the company plans to establish at its Sechaba coal project. The pre-feasibility studies were completed in 2014.[2]

In August 2014, Shumba Coal Resources said it had raised US$2.2-million to invest in the Sechaba coal project. Electricity from the power plant would be fed into Botswana Power Corporation’s transmission grid at Morupule and exported to South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia. The coal mining component of the project could export more than one-million tonnes of coal a year through South Africa, Namibia or Mozambique.[3]

On its website (2015), Shumba Coal describes Sechaba coal project as having "1 billion tonnes of good export quality thermal coal delineated in two main shallow coal seams." Plans for the mining complex include "to develop the Sechaba area into an Energy Complex (consisting 4 projects) producing coal and power for both domestic and international markets. First production is targeted for 2016."[4][5]

According to Shumba's FY2016 report, the company has submitted its EIA for the plant, and has prepared bid preparation for the Botswana Greenfield IPP and South African Baseload IPP programs. The company also changed its name to Shumba Energy.[6]

In April 2016 it was reported Shumba was seeking a strategic partner for the power station.[7]

In October 2016 South Africa's Department of Energy announced that the successful bidders for the 1st coal-based IPP Programme were the Thabametsi power station and the Khanyisa power station.[8]

In February 2018, it was reported that Shumba Energy was in the process of finalising the power producer agreement (PPA) ahead of construction on the Sechaba Coal power plant, set to commence by 2018/19.[9]

In November 2018 it was reported that Shumba Energy planned to sell a 50% stake in the Sechaba coal mining prospect to privately-held South African firm Lurco Group.[10] In December 2018 Lurco Group said an agreement had been reached for the establishment of a 50:50 joint venture partnership with Shumba Coal for the Sechaba project: "The deal will allow the partnership to supply coal into the region and for export."[11] No mention is made of plans for a coal plant in the agreement, which appears to be shelved.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Shumba Energy
  • Parent company:
  • Location: near Palapye, Central District, Botswana
  • Coordinates: -22.55, 27.133333 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Gross Capacity: 300 MW (Units 1-2: 150 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Sechaba coal mine (proposed) in the Morupule coalfield, Botswana

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