Vedanta Zambia power station

From Global Energy Monitor
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Vedanta Zambia power station was a proposed 300-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Zambia.


The map below shows Chililabombwe, the proposed location for the plant, at the Konkola mine.

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India-based copper miner Vedanta Resources planned to invest $300 million in a 300 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Zambia.[1] The plant was planned for southern Zambia and would fuel the Konkola deep mine in Chililabombwe, as well as the setting up of a cobalt refinery and other projects.[2]

In August 2019, it was reported that the government of Zambia had accused Konkola Copper Mines (KCM) of underpayment of dividends and taxes, as well as underinvestment in the mine. The government appointed a liquidator to run the company. Vedanta was seeking to have the case referred to arbitration in South Africa.[3]

In July 2020, it was reported that Zambia’s Copperbelt Energy Corp. (CEC) would stop supplying power to Vedanta’s local unit KCM after talks on an extension to their supply agreement broke down over debt owed to CEC. KCM owed CEC US$144.7 million after failing to make any payments for power supply since the government took control of the mine in May 2019 following the protracted dispute with majority shareholder, Vedanta Resources. The government was thought to have believed it would be able to quickly sell the mine, but Vedanta withdrew cash and senior staff, threatening the mine’s ability to operate. KCM planned to receive its power directly from the utility ZESCO instead, which previously sold electricity to CEC for onward supply to KCM. Energy Minister Matthew Nkhuwa said the bulk electricity supply agreement between ZESCO and CEC would not be renewed.[4][5][6]

Given the complicated supply situation and no known developments to the 300 MW project since 2018, plans for the coal plant appear shelved.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Konkola Copper Mines
  • Parent company: Vedanta Resources
  • Location: Chililabombwe, Copperbelt Province, Zambia
  • Coordinates: -12.366667, 27.827778 (approximate)
  • Status: Shelved
  • Gross Capacity: 300 MW
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  • Source of financing: Vedanta to invest $300 million

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