Consultants have confirmed enough coal is available at defunct Mpaka Coal Mine for the development of a coal fired thermal power station. This comes six months after the independent consultants were assigned by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Energy to carry out the coal prospecting exercise to determine the coal type and quantity.
The Swaziland Electricity Company (SEC) Marketing and Corporate Communications Manager Sifiso Dhlamini receives the news with delight, saying the thermal power project will be a groundbreaking initiative that will ensure that the country has a consistent and reliable power supply.
At the moment the country suspended generation of 10 percent of electricity locally due to the persistent drought as it imports 80 percent of electricity from South Africa and 10 percent from Mozambique.
Other projects in the pipeline include two 120MW and 12MW hydro-power plants and a 5MW solar power project.