Plans for new Chinese coal power plant in Limpopo in doubt, consultants admit

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An artist's impression of the Musina-Makhado SEZ.
An artist's impression of the Musina-Makhado SEZ.
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The company conducting an environmental assessment for a planned Chinese-backed industrial park in Limpopo says plans to build a coal-fired power plant "may not be an option" due to of the new pledge by Chinese President Xi Jinping to stop funding coal power abroad. 

The Musina-Makhado Special Economic Zone is a proposed 8 300ha industrial park near the border with Zimbabwe. The project is being steered by the Limpopo Economic Development Agency (Leda). 

The project is supposed to include a power station, to provide electricity to what Leda hopes will become a hub for heavy industry, including a coking plant, a steel plant and a ferromanganese blast furnace.

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