Baikal power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Baikal power station is a 49-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Biakalsk, Irkutsk, Russia.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is in Biakalsk, Irkustk, Russia.

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Background on Plant

The plant was originally owned and operated by the Baikal Pulp and Paper Mill, which closed in 2013.[1] When the mill closed, the power station stopped producing electricity, but kept producing heat for the town of Biakalsk.[2] However, this arrangement was not cost-effective, and in 2018, the decision was made to decommission obsolete equipment and convert the plant to run on wood biofuel. Once converted, the plant would supply heat, but not electricity to Biakalsk.[3] The conversion to biofuel originally targeted August 2021 for completion.[2] In November 2019 the mayor of Biakalsk stated that construction of the new plant would begin in August 2020 and would be complete in 2023.[4]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Municipality of Biakalsk
  • Parent company: Municipality of Biakalsk
  • Location: Biakalsk, Irkutsk, Russia
  • Coordinates: 51.5152411, 104.1804701 (exact)
  • Status: Retired
  • Gross capacity: 49 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1965-2020
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