Vedanta power station

From Global Energy Monitor

The Vedanta power station was 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) contracted Vedanta Zinc International (VZI) to build a plant for its own use and possibly for the sale of electricity to South Africa’s national grid. VZI saw its power requirements as 350MW possibly for sale to the grid, 150MW for its Scorpion/Skorpion Zinc mine in Namibia, and 100MW for its Konkola Copper Mine in Zambia.[1]

The power plant would have operated using low-quality discarded coal from Anglo's Dalyshope Phase 1 Coal Mine as fuel, or coal that was 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 600 MW plant had been rejected by the Department of Environmental Affairs. The project had been strongly opposed by NGOs and local communities over its environmental impacts. Anglo American and Vedanta said they were reapplying for environmental authorization.[3]

However, there have been no known reports of activity on the project since 2014, 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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