Vedanta power station

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The Vedanta power station is a 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired station proposed by Anglo American for the Lephalale Local Municipality, Waterberg District, South Africa.


The map below shows the location of the proposed Dalyshope coal mine, where the plant would be located.

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Anglo American Thermal Coal (AATC) has contracted Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) to build the plant for its own use and possibly for the sale of electricity to South Africa’s national grid. VZI sees its power requirements at 350MW (possibly for sale to the grid), another 150MW for its Scorpion/Skorpion Zinc mine in Namibia, and another 100MW for its Konkola Copper Mine in Zambia.[1]

The power plant would operate using low-quality discarded coal from Anglo's Dalyshope Phase 1 Coal Mine as fuel--coal that is reportedly unsuitable for Eskom power stations.[1]

The plant was expected to be operational in 2018.[2]

In April 2014 it was reported that the final scoping report for the proposed 600MW plant had been rejected by the Department Environmental Affairs. The project had been strongly opposed by NGOs and local communities over its environmental impacts. Anglo American and Vedanta said they are reapplying for environmental authorization.[3]

As of May 2017, there are no recent reports of activity on the project and it appears to be abandoned.

Project Details

Sponsor: Anglo American
Location: Lephalale Local Municipality, Waterberg District, South Africa
Coordinates: -23.533989, 27.236481 - location of the Dalyshope Phase 1 Coal Mine[4]
Status: Cancelled
Capacity: 600 MW (Units 1-2: 150 MW)
Type: Subcritical
Projected in service:
Coal Type:
Coal Source: Dalyshope coal mine
Estimated annual CO2:
Source of financing:

Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Anglo American and Vedanta," Earthlife South Africa, accessed July 2013
  2. "The Vedanta 600MW Coal Plant Fact Sheet," Groundwork Fact Sheet, July 29, 2013
  3. "No go for proposed Anglo power station," noordnuus, April 25, 2014
  4. "VEN 1590 - Anglo American Thermal Coal Proposed Dalyshope Phase 1 Coal Mine Draft Scoping Report for Public, Appendix A," Digby Wells Environmental, accessed July 2013

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