Tsosoloso power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Tsosoloso power station is a proposed coal-to-liquid plant in North East Botswana. It is expected to deliver up to 304-megawatt (MW) of electricity.

The project has become part of the Mabesekwa Export Independent Power Plant.


The map below shows the approximate location where the plant would be built, in the Dumela Industrial Area of Francistown, in the North East district.

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The project involves the development of a 20,000 bbl/d coal-to-liquid (CTL) cogeneration and fertiliser project in Francistown. It is expected to deliver up to 304 MW of power to the Botswana national grid. The intention is to ultimately scale the facility to a capacity of 50,000 bbl/d. The project will entail an investment of about US$4.2-billion, and will be undertaken in three phases until 2020. The project is owned and funded by Coal Petroleum of United Refineries Botswana and South Africa-based Kumvest. The Export-Import Bank of China and the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. have reportedly expressed interest in funding the project.[1][2]

With no developments since the plant was announced in 2015, the project appears to have been folded into the Mabesekwa Export Independent Power Plant.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Coal Petroleum, Kumvest
  • Parent company: United Refineries Botswana and Kumvest
  • Location: Francistown, Botswana
  • Coordinates: -21.3787975, 27.4405217 (approximate)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Capacity: 304 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service: 2020
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Morupule Colliery, Botswana
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "Project Tsosoloso coal-to-liquid plant, Botswana," Engineering News, Nov 20, 2015
  2. Jonathan Rowland, "The Good: Botswana," World Coal, 8 February 2016

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