Chifeng Yuanbaoshan power station

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Chifeng Yuanbaoshan power station (国电元宝山发电厂) is an operating power station of at least 1800-megawatts (MW) in Yuanbaoshan, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating. It is also known as 国电元宝山发电扩建项目 (Phase IV Unit 5, Phase IV Unit 6).


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Chifeng Yuanbaoshan power station Yuanbaoshan, Yuanbaoshan, Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, China 42.303333, 119.324167 (exact)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Phase I Unit 1, Phase II Unit 2, Phase III Unit 3, Phase III Unit 4, Phase IV Unit 5, Phase IV Unit 6: 42.303333, 119.324167

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Phase I Unit 1 retired coal - lignite 300 subcritical 1978 2011
Phase II Unit 2 operating coal - lignite 600 subcritical 1985
Phase III Unit 3 operating coal - lignite 600 subcritical 1998
Phase III Unit 4 operating coal - lignite 600 subcritical 2007
Phase IV Unit 5 cancelled coal - unknown 1000 unknown
Phase IV Unit 6 cancelled coal - unknown 1000 unknown

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Phase I Unit 1 Yuanbaoshan Power Generation Co Ltd [100.0%]
Phase II Unit 2 Yuanbaoshan Power Generation Co Ltd [100.0%]
Phase III Unit 3 Yuanbaoshan Power Generation Co Ltd [100.0%]
Phase III Unit 4 Yuanbaoshan Power Generation Co Ltd [100.0%]
Phase IV Unit 5 Yuanbaoshan Power Generation Co Ltd [100.0%]
Phase IV Unit 6 Yuanbaoshan Power Generation Co Ltd [100.0%]


The three existing coal-fired units of Chifeng Yuanbaoshan power station, units 2-4 totaling 1,800 MW, were brought online between 1985 and 2007. Unit 1 of 300 MW was commissioned in 1978 and retired in 2011. The plant is owned by Yuanbaoshan Power Generation Company Limited, which became part of China Guodian in 2014.[1][2]

Description of Expansion

According to a World Resources Institute report (2012), there are plans to build additional coal-fired units at this plant, with a total planned capacity of 2,000 MW.[3]

However, as of 2015 the project is not mentioned on the website for the power station, and appears to have been shelved or abandoned.[1]


On August 28 2017, China's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) announced that China Guodian Corporation and Shenhua Group will be jointly restructured. Shenhua Group will become China National Energy Investment Group and will absorb China Guodian Corporation. It will be the largest power company in the world by installed capacity, as well as the world's largest coal producer.[4][5] The merger was completed on November 28, 2017.[6]

Plant Details for Units 2-4

  • Sponsor: National Energy Investment Group (76%), Liaoning Energy Investment Group (20%), Huadian Jinshan Energy (2.55%), Other (1.65%)
  • Location: Yuanbaoshan District, Chifeng Prefecture, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
  • Coordinates: 42.303333, 119.324167 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 1,800 MW (Units 2-4: 600 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1985 (Unit 2); 1998 (Unit 3); 2007 (Unit 4)
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Articles and Resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Company profile," Yuanbaoshan Power Generation Company Limited website, accessed December 2014
  2. "Inner Mongolia Chifeng Yuanbaoshan Power Plant," DunAnac website, accessed December 2014
  3. Ailun Yang and Yiyun Cui, "Global Coal Risk Assessment: Data Analysis and Market Research," World Resources Institute working paper, November 2012
  4. "Factbox: Shenhua and Guodian - China's latest state marriage". Reuters. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  5. "China Is Creating the World's Largest Power Company". Bloomberg News. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  6. "China’s Newly-Established National Energy Investment Group Sets World Records in Its Sector, With Assets of Over CNY1.8 Trillion," Yicai Global, 11-28-2017

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