Baikal power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Baikal power station was a 49-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Biakalsk, Irkutsk, Russia. The plant is no longer producing power and only supplies heat to residential customers.[1]


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.[2] When the mill closed, the power station stopped producing electricity, but kept producing heat for the town of Biakalsk.[3] 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 chips biofuel. Once converted, the plant would supply heat, but not electricity to Biakalsk.[1] The conversion to biofuel originally targeted August 2021 for completion.[3] 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] As of December 2021, there has not been any progress in this project and the plant continues to provide residential heat by burning coal.[5]

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
  • Coal type:
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Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Байкальская ТЭЦ будет использовать в качестве топлива древесную щепу, Главгосэкспертиза России, Dec. 29, 2020
  2. ТЭЦ Байкальского ЦБК выставят на торги повторно, Tass, Apr. 23, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 Байкальскую ТЭЦ затопят опилками, Kommersant, Nov. 11, 2018
  4. В Байкальске появится экокотельная вместо старой ТЭЦ?,, Nov. 25, 2019
  5. "Что согреет Байкальск?". Oblastnaya Gazeta. Dec 8, 2021. Retrieved Dec 14, 2021.

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