Beihai New Area Heating power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Beihai New Area Heating power station (魏桥集团北海新区供热中心) is a 1,560-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Shandong Province, China.


The satellite photo below shows Units 5-8 in Binzhou prefecture.

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The satellite photo below shows two clusters of smaller units, one directly to the south and the other farther to the south. It is not clear which of these groups of four smaller units is Units 1-4.

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Background on Plant

The first four units of Weiqiao Beihai power station, totaling 240 MW, began operating in 2012. The coal plant is in Binzhou prefecture, and owned by Shandong Weiqiao Group.[1][2]


Shandong Weiqiao Group has proposed expanding the power station by 1,320 MW (Units 5-8 of 330 MW each).[3] Units 5-8 began operating in 2015.[4]

Shandong Weiqiao Group found to have built 45 coal-fired units without necessary permits

In August and September 2017, China's central government Environmental Protection Inspection Group 3 (中央第三环境保护督察组) spent a month in Shandong Province, to inspect the province's environmental protection work. In its final inspection report, the Group found that Shandong Weiqiao Group illegally built 45 coal power units in Shandong.[5]

In May 2018, the Shandong Provincial government responded to the inspection report with a plan to address the wrongdoings. According to the province, 33 of Weiqiao's 45 illegal coal power plants had since completed the necessary procedures to receive environment clearance and continue operating; 12 of the plants did not complete any procedures and should stop construction and operation immediately. Among the 12 units, 4 units should stop construction, and 8 units should stop operation, although they are not named.[6]

Shandong Weiqiao Group says regulation will lead to widespread lay-offs

In April 2018, Shandong Weiqiao Group and Xinfa Group responded to reports the central government planned to regulate captive coal plants by saying the regulations would lead to widespread lay-offs. According to the companies, the regulations would result in 180,000 workers losing their jobs at the Shandong Weiqiao Group, and 80,000 at Xinfa Group.[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Weiqiao Aluminum Limited
  • Parent company: Shandong Weiqiao Group
  • Location: Beihai New Area, Wudi, Binzhou prefecture, Shandong Province, China
  • Coordinates: 38.022916, 117.972606 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 1,560 MW (Units 1-4: 60 MW, Units 5-8: 330 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start year: Units 1-4: 2012, Units 5-8: 2015
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