Buuruljuut power station

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Buuruljuut power station is a proposed 300 to 600 MW coal-fired power station in Dundgovi Province, Mongolia.


The map below shows the approximate location of the plant, 120 km from Ulaanbaatar in Dundgovi Province’s Bayanjargalan soum.

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On May 31, 2016, the Mongolia Minister of Energy signed an investment and electricity sales and purchase agreement for the Buuruljuut mine and a 2 x 300 MW power station, allowing construction to begin immediately. The project was expected to be built in Bayanjargalan soum by Bodi International Group and Power China Resources. The estimated cost was one billion USD. Unit 1 was planned for 2019 and unit 2 for 2022.[1]

The power station was not mentioned among the planned power projects in the 2016-2020 Economic Recovery Program of Mongolia, which was approved by Parliament in November 2016.[2]

In April 2018, it was reported that Bodi International LLC signed a USD$450 million agreement for the Buuruljuut Thermal Power Plant project with the China State Construction Engineering company as part of the Mongolia-China Business Forum held in Beijing on April 11, 2018.[3]

The bankable feasibility study was completed in 2018.[4]

In December 2018, it was reported that Bodi International LLC signed a US$566 million agreement with Sinosteel for a 2 x 150 MW coal plant at Buuruljuut. China Business United Construction and Development Group planned to invest US$330 million in the coal plant. Plans also included a coal mine. In total, the plant was expected to cost about US$600 million.[5] The other investor was Bodi International LLC.[6]

In December 2019, China Energy Construction North China Institute and Sinosteel Equipment Co., Ltd. signed an engineering survey service contract for the project.[7]

According to an August 2020 government posting, the feasibility study for the project's coal deposit and power plant has been completed.[8]

According to Tsetsens Mining and Energy LLC's website, in January 2021, the company started supplying coal to the Amgalan power station. In addition, the feasibility study considered "Booroljuut coal technology and gasification properties" and was carried out at the Freiberg Academy of Coal Research Institute of Germany and Lurgi laboratories. A "preliminary feasibility study for coal gasification and liquefaction was developed" (Google Translate).[9]

The Buuruljuut plant is included as a "power station to be built" in the Ministry of Energy's Renewable Energy Policy Objectives and Plans from July 2021. In this document, the project is listed as 600 MW.[10]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Tsetsens Mining & Energy
  • Parent company: Bodi International Group
  • Location: Bayanjargalan district, Dundgovi Province, Mongolia
  • Coordinates: 45.756667, 107.993056 (approximate)
  • Status: Pre-permit development
  • Gross Capacity: 300 MW (Units 1&2: 150 MW) [sometimes referred to as 600 MW]
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type: Brown coal
  • Coal Source: Buuruljuut mine
  • Source of financing: US$330 million in equity from China Business United Construction and Development Group; US$270 million in equity from Bodi International LLC.

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