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DoE – Thabametsi Coal-Fired Power Plant 557.3MW – Limpopo Province - Project Profile

DoE – Thabametsi Coal-Fired Power Plant 557.3MW – Limpopo Province - Project Profile


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Department of Energy (DoE) is planning to build a new power plant in Limpopo Province, South Africa.

The project involves the construction of a 557.3MW coal-fired power plant. The plant will be capable of expanding to 1,200MW, depending on the availability of water and on grid integration constraints.

It will include the construction of a powerhouse, a substation, a cooling tower, the installation of a high-pressure turbine, transformers, electric generators and the laying of transmission lines.

Exxaro Resources Ltd (EXX) has been selected as a developer for the project.

In Q3 2012, EXX selected Gdf Suez Group, also known as Engie, for the development of the 557.3MW coal-fired power station in the Waterberg region.

In December 2012, DoE issued a determination comprising the development of power plant. In line with this, the DoE issued a Request for Registration and Information seeking feedback from interested independent power producers by 12 July 2013, which was duly submitted by GDF SUEZ.

The power produced from the project will be purchased by Eskom.

On July 15, 2013, EXX and Engie concluded the project development agreement and a coal supply term.

In June 2014, EXX and Engie completed pre-feasibility studies and are planning to submit for government’s coal IPP program.

The project has been facing a strong opposition from the local people.

In May 2015, Earthlife Africa Johannesburg, a non-governmental organization (NGO) and over a thousand protesters marched on the French consulate in Johannesburg, demanding that the French company, Engie stop supporting dirty coal in South Africa and support sustainable renewable energy instead. Ten days after being challenged by the NGO report to the astronomical amount of CO2 emitted by its coal-fired plants in the world, Engie withdrew itself from the project.

Doosan Corporation has been appointed as contractor and Marubeni Middle-east & Africa Power Limited as associated developer.

On October 10, 2016, EXX has been selected as a preferred bidder for the supply of coal for a contractual period of 30 years.

On November 25, 2016, DoE gave notice to interested and affected parties of its application to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) for a licence to operate the project.

As of July 2017, project facing delay due to legal challenge over its environmental impact.


The project involves the construction of a 557.3MW coal-fired power plant near Thabametsi coal mine in Waterberg District, Limpopo Province, South Africa.

The US$2,025 million project includes the following:

1. Construction of a powerhouse

2. Construction of a substation

3. Installation of high-pressure turbines

4. Installation of transformers

5. Installation of electric generators

6. Laying of transmission lines

7. Construction of a cooling tower

8. Construction of coal storage and washing unitsReasons To Buy

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