Shumba Energy’s Mabesekwa export IPP in the northeast of Botswana, is ideally positioned to handle the complete investment required to provide bankable energy to the cross-border grids of southern Africa – contributing toward easing South Africa’s power deficit.
Shumba Coal had submitted its Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) documentation last year for the Mabesekwa export independent power project, which entails a proposed coal mine and associated 600 MW mine mouth power station at Mabesekwa.
The Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism of Botswana granted its formal approval to the ESIA subject to the compliance with laws and regulations of authorities in Botswana on 28 June 2016.
Shumba Energy MD Mashale Phumaphi expressed delighted to have received ESIA approval for the MEIPP, which is a major milestone in the project.
“The ESIA together with the existing Water Rights, Surface Rights and completed feasibility studies bring us much closer to bringing the MEIPP into production,” he said.
Moreover, Shumba Energy had also submitted a scoping report and has received approval on the terms of reference for its Sechaba Coal independent power project and associated 400 KV transmission line.