Mabesekwa Export Independent Power Plant

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{{#badges: CoalSwarm}} The Mabesekwa Export Independent Power Plant is a proposed 600-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station and mine near Francistown, Botswana.


The map below shows Francistown, the approximate location where the plant would be built.

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In March 2015 Botswana's Shumba Coal partnered with a South African firm, Mulilo Group, for the joint development of the 300 MW Mabesekwa Export Independent Power Plant (MEIPP). The MEIPP includes coal mining at Mabesekwa coal field, located some 60km south-west of the town of Francistown and 40km west of Tonota /Shasheis. About 40 MW will go to power mining activities, and the rest exported to South Africa.[1]

Shumba said it plans to apply for South Africa's next round of independent power producer (IPP) programme, and look for a strategic partner for mine development at the Mabesekwa coal field site.[2] The project is also shortlisted in the Government of Botswana Greenfield Coal Baseload IPP Programme, which will be a parallel bid submission. The plant may be two or four generating units, each with an output of 150 MWe gross with a maximum capacity of 600 MWe gross total depending on grid integration and evacuation constraints, according to Shumba.[3]

In July 2016 Shumba Energy said it had obtained the "environmental thumbs up for its coal mine and associated 600 MW mine-mouth power station independent power project (IPP) at Mabesekwa."[4] In October 2016 South Africa's Department of Energy announced that the successful bidders for the 1st coal-based IPP Programme were the Thabametsi power station and the Khanyisa power station.[5]

In July 2017 Shumba Energy said it planned to begin mining of the Mabesekwa coal field in 2018, with development of the initial 2 x 150 MW coal plant (phase I) to follow.[6]

In February 2018, Kibo Mining and Tanzania’s state-owned utility company TANESCO signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on a PPA for the plant.[7]

As of March 2019 the project is seeking financing. The mining license is outstanding for the Mabesekwa coal mine.[8]


Mabeswekwa is planned to be 70% debt-financed, with the balance funded through equity, possibly through development agencies such as the South African government-owned Industrial Development Corporation and the Development Bank of Southern Africa.[9]


In November 2017 Kibo Mining acquired an 85% interest in the Mabesekwa project from Shumba Energy. Shumba will retain a 15% interest in the Project.[10]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Kibo Energy (85%), Shumba Energy (15%)
  • Parent company:
  • Location: near Francistown, North East District, Botswana
  • Coordinates: -21.173611, 27.5125 (approximate)
  • Status: Permitted
  • Capacity: 600 MW (4 x 150 MW per unit)
  • Type: Circulating Fluidised Bed
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Mabesekwa coal field
  • Source of financing:

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