Shentou power station

From Global Energy Monitor
This article is part of the CoalSwarm coverage of China and coal

Shentou power station (中电神头发电公司) is a 2,320-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Shanxi Province, China.

An additional 1,000 MW is under construction.


The map below shows the approximate location of the plant in Shuocheng District, Shuozhou Prefecture, Shanxi Province.

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Background on Plant

The plant was originally owned by CPI. The first eight units of the CPI Shentou power station, totaling 1,300 MW, were commissioned from 1977-1987. Units 9-10, totaling 1,320 MW, were brought online in 2013. The first eight units were retired one year later, in 2014.[1][2][3]

Description of Expansion

CPI (now State Power Investment Corporation) is currently planning to build two additional coal-fired units at this plant, units 11-12, with a total planned capacity of 2,000 MW. The new units were scheduled to be completed in 2016,[4][5] although they were not permitted for construction until January 2016,[6] and began construction in May 2016.[7]

Nationwide Restrictions Imposed on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity

To help meet the coal capacity limit set out in China's 13th Five-Year Plan, NEA sent letters to 13 provinces to enforce the suspension of over 100 specific coal plants under planning or construction, totaling nearly 100 GW of capacity. In the letters, NEA said the projects should be postponed to the 14th Five Year period (2021-2025). The list included CPI Shentou units 11-12.[8] For details, see China's 2016 Restrictions on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity.

July 2017: Units 11-12 halted by government

In July 2017 China's 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, including CPI Shentou Units 11-12.[9] The list partly overlapped with the projects listed in the January NEA letter to 13 provinces.[9]

September 2017: Units 11-12 changed to "postponed"

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). On the new list, CPI Shentou power station Units 11-12 were postponed rather than halted.[10]

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

March 2019: Construction on units 11-12 resumed

Construction on units 11-12 of the power station officially resumed on March 28, 2019.[11]

January 2022: Unit 11 commissioned

Unit 1 was commissioned on January 5, 2022.[12]


In July 2015, China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) and State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) merged to become State Power Investment Corporation (国家电力投资集团), one of the five largest state-owned electricity producers in the People's Republic of China.[13]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: State Power Investment Corporation (80%), ChinaCoal (20%)
  • Location: Yuling Xiang, Pinglu District, Shuozhou, Shanxi Province, China
  • Coordinates: 39.550981, 112.488736 (exact)
  • Status:
    • Units 1-8: Retired
    • Units 9-11: Operating
    • Unit 12: Construction
  • Gross capacity: 3,320 MW (Units 9 & 10: 660 MW; Units 11 & 12: 1,000 MW)
  • Type: Supercritical (Units 9 & 10); Ultra-Supercritical (Units 11 & 12)
  • In service: 2013 (Units 9 & 10), 2022 (Unit 11)
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. "山西省首台百万千瓦机组“路条”落户神头电厂", 煤炭研究网, 2013-3-20
  2. "山西首台百万千瓦火电机组获“路条”", 北极星电力网新闻中心, 2013-03-19
  3. "关于山西神头发电有限责任公司“上大压小”2×600兆瓦机组工程竣工环境保护验收合格的函", 中华人民共和国环境保护部, 2014-08-11
  4. "朔州市平鲁区东露天循环经济园区举行“上大压小”2x600MW工程1号机组并网发电暨2x1000MW工程奠基仪式", 平鲁政府信息网, 2013-05-26
  5. "中电神头发电有限责任公司2015年度校园招聘简章," 2015/4/7
  6. "总投资71.56亿 山西神头发电“上大压小”2×100万千瓦扩建项目获核准," Polaris, Jan 5, 2016
  7. "山西神头“上大压小”二期2×100万千瓦机组工程开工," 人民网-山西频道手机看新闻, May 18, 2016
  8. "能源局下发13省市新建火电机组停建清单(附文件)," Polaris, Jan 16, 2017
  9. 9.0 9.1 "16部委联合发文防范化解煤电产能过剩风险,", 2017-08-03
  10. "2017年分省煤电停建和缓建项目名单," Sohu, 2017-10-12
  11. "2019.04.03在建拟建电厂项目推荐," 北极星电力网新闻中心, 2019/4/3
  12. "世界首台“五塔合一”百万千瓦机组建成投产," 北极星电力网新闻中心, January 6, 2022
  13. "Chinese nuclear giant officially launched". World Nuclear Association. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015.

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