Transalloy power station

From Global Energy Monitor
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Transalloy power station is a proposed 120- or 150-megawatt (MW) coal-fired station in Mpumalanga province, South Africa.


The photo below shows the Transalloys smelter in Emalahleni Municipality, the proposed location for the plant.

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Transalloys is a producer of silicon manganese. It proposed a coal plant of either 55 MW or 150 MW near its smelter complex in Mpumalanga province to provide electricity. The EIA was submitted in May 2015, and stated the company's preference for a 55 MW plant, although both options are assessed.[1]

A coal plant of 55 MW was approved in March 2016 for a period of five years, or until March 2, 2021.[2]

In June 2019, Transalloys submitted an amended EIA for the project for a coal plant of 120 to 150 MW.[2][3]

A Motivation Report and additional authorization documentation related to the proposal appeared to have been open to the public for comment from February 19, 2021 to March 23, 2021.[4]

Force majeure

In August 2020, Transalloys announced that it was cutting its silico-manganese production by about 30% in 2020 due to weakening market prices. The effect of Covid-19 lockdowns, high electricity tariffs, and adverse market conditions prompted Transalloys to adjust its silico-manganese production target. The company then declared force majeure after a fire at its plant on August 22, 2020 impacted the raw material handling system feeding its five furnaces.[5]

In July 2021, Transalloys declared a force majeure again in the face of ongoing unrests that "created major security concerns, effecting both the movement of people and supply chains." The protests reportedly erupted in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province after the High Court dismissed former South African President Jacob Zuma bid to have his arrest overturned.[6]

Given Transalloys' 2020-21 situation, the status of the coal project appears fairly uncertain.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Transalloys
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Emalahleni Municipality, Nkangala District, Mpumalanga province, South Africa
  • Coordinates: -25.8934982, 29.1175605 (exact)
  • Status: Pre-permit development
  • Capacity: 120 MW or 150 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. "EIA," Transalloys, May 2015
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Amended EIA," Transalloys, June 2019
  3. "Motivation for amendment of the Integrated Environmental Authorisation," Transalloys, June 2019
  4. "Transalloys coal-fired Power Station," Savannah Environmental (Pty) Ltd, accessed June 8, 2021
  5. "Transalloys declares force majeure at manganese alloys plant," Metal Bulletin, September 1, 2020
  6. "Afro Minerals Trading declares force majeure due to civil unrest in South Africa," S&P Global, July 16, 2021

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