Couldn't agree more, been saying for years this is a mismanaged and undercapitalized operation. If the money that has been raised over the last 4 years was put in at the start it could have been successful. Still needs a lump of capital in addition to the sustaining to make it work. I still believe there is a market in East Africa for industrial coal, but the power plant is a non starter.
I was actually thinking about solar for Tanzania, now cheaper per MW to construct and run than coal. Hydro is already in place for much of east Africa with excess capacity hence the need for the east Africa power grid upgrades
Coal is far from dead, it will be critical for industrial use for years to come. What you are really saying is, coal is dead for power generation and that is possible in a country with almost limitless sunshine and surrounding by cheap electricity from hydro. The real worry is, is edl dead. They could be from what they have announced recently... Ie, nothing
The biggest challenge for the coal plant is water supply, there is a significant rainy season but the dry season is also long. A feasibility study will focus on water and dam position so it has adequate capacity but won't silt up in the heavy rain. 2 years for the feasibility, 1 year to raise funds, 3 years to construct. Not just the power plant but a significant dam too. As I've said before, much better to focus on industrial coal supply to west Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda where EDL have a geographical advantage