Tete power station

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Tete power station is a proposed 700-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Mozambique.


The map below shows Tete, the capital of Tete province, where the plant is planned.

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1,200 MW

According to 2016 and 2017 news, an MoU was signed between Zambia’s National Electricity Company (ZESCO) and the Electricity Company of Mozambique (EDM) for a 1,200 MW coal plant in Tete, the capital of Tete province in Mozambique. The plant would also power Zambia. It was reported that the African Development Bank and the Japanese government would provide financial support for the project.[1][2] Note: Other reports referenced a 1,200 MW proposal for Nacala or Nacala-a-Velha in the Nampula province instead, as noted here: Nacala power station.[3]

700 MW

In June 2019, an EPC contract for a coal-fired power plant project in Tete, Mozambique, was signed by PowerChina. The project had a planned installed capacity of two 350 MW supercritical coal-fired units. At the Second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing in April 2019, the President of Mozambique presented the project to the government of China as one of the key cooperation projects between China and Mozambique.[4]

In December 2021, with no known developments since 2019 and uncertainty around PowerChina's role in coal post-Glasgow, the power station was assumed to be shelved.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: PowerChina
  • Parent company: PowerChina
  • Location: Tete, Tete province, Mozambique
  • Coordinates: -16.1415, 33.6086 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Capacity: 700 MW (Units 1&2: 350 MW)
  • Type: Supercritical
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