China plans to build new coal-fired power plant in Gabon

AUGUSTA, Gabon (Reuters) – China is planning to build a coal-powered power plant and a gas-fired one in Gabonese territory in the West African country, an official said on Friday, as it tries to bolster its coal- and gas-dependent economy.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said China’s State Council said it would build a power plant at the Gaboneses Kigoma power plant on the western coast of the country, in addition to a gas and coal plant in the northern part of the territory.

China has invested heavily in coal in Africa in recent years and plans to boost its coal output to 4.2 million metric tonnes by 2020, up from 3.8 million tonnes currently, but the country has also said it is open to alternative energy sources.