The Chinese government has confirmed that it is pulling out of funding a proposed 3GW coal-fired power plant in Limpopo province.
This follows a statement made by Chinese President Xi Jinping on September 21 this year, saying China would stop funding overseas coal projects.
The statement was confirmed through correspondence with the Chinese ambassador to South Africa, according to a statement from the non-governmental organization (NGO) Fossil Free South Africa, which had strongly opposed the proposed new power plant.
In a press release issued on November 18, David Le Page, coordinator of Fossil Free South Africa, said Ambassador Chen Xiduo had confirmed that China "will not build new coal-fired projects abroad".
"China is willing to work with all countries, including South Africa, to establish and improve a green, circular economic development system and green low-carbon energy system," he quoted the ambassador as saying.
The proposed coal plant will be part of the planned Musina-Shakado Special Economic Zone (MM-SEZ), located in northern Limpopo province, and is intended to power a number of proposed industrial projects in the area, including ferrochrome and ferromanganese plants.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Harry Huo)
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