Baotou Aluminum power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Baotou Aluminum power station (中铝包头铝业自备热电厂) is a 1,710-megawatt (MW) captive coal-fired power plant in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant at Lvye Road in Donghe District, Baotou prefecture.

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Background on Project

Baotou Aluminum is a 2 x 330 MW captive coal plant in Donghe.[1] Construction began in 2012. After a temporary suspension for unauthorized construction in 2013,[2] the plant was put into operation in June 2014.[3]


The second phase 3x350MW project started construction in April 2016.[4] The 3 units are expected to be operating in July, September, and November 2017, respectively.[5]

The three units were completed in June 2017.[6]

Expansion suspended, then revived

July 2017: Expansion postponed by government

In July 2017, the NEA released the "Guideline of Supply-Side Reform of the Coal Power Bubble". The Guideline included a draft list which slowed down or halted 185 coal-burning units across 21 provinces, totaling 107 GW. 114 coal units (65 GW) are ordered to slow down the construction progress during 2017 to 2020, and are not allowed to connect to the grid in 2017. In addition, 71 coal units (42 GW) were halted indefinitely for regulation violations. The list partly overlapped with the projects listed in the January NEA letter to 13 provinces.[7]

Baotou Aluminum power station Units 3 & 5 are among the postponed coal-burning units, and unit 4 was halted.[7] It is unclear if the units will need to suspend operations, since they have already been completed.

September 2017: Suspension lifted on units 3 & 5

After political negotiations, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) released an updated list of postponed and halted coal projects on September 26, 2017. The new list contained 151 units totaling 95 gigawatts (GW). Baotou Aluminum power station Units 3 & 5 were no longer on the list, only unit 4. It therefore appears only unit 4's operation is affected.[8]

For more information, see China's 2016/2017 Restrictions on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Baotou Aluminum
  • Parent company: CHALCO
  • Location: Baotou Aluminum Donghe plant, Lvye Road, Donghe District, Baotou Prefecture, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
  • Coordinates: 40.557202, 110.148382 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (Units 1-3 & 5), Shelved (Unit 4)
  • Gross capacity: 1,710 MW (Units 1-2: 330 MW, Units 3-5: 350 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical (Units 1-2), Supercritical (Units 3-5)
  • In service: 2014 (Units 1-2), 2017 (Units 3-5)
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