CPI Xining power station

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CPI Xining power station (国家电投黄河上游水电开发公司西宁火电厂) is an operating power station of at least 1320-megawatts (MW) in Ganhetan Town, Huangzhong, Xining, Qinghai, China.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
CPI Xining power station Ganhetan Town, Huangzhong, Xining, Qinghai, China 36.5843, 101.4931 (exact)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1: 36.584279, 101.493067
  • Unit 2: 36.584279, 101.493067

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 operating - 660 MW ultra-supercritical - -
Unit 2 operating - 660 MW ultra-supercritical - -

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner Parent
Unit 1 Qinghai Huanghe Hydropower Development Co Ltd Qinghai Huanghe Hydropower Development Co Ltd
Unit 2 Qinghai Huanghe Hydropower Development Co Ltd Qinghai Huanghe Hydropower Development Co Ltd

Project-level coal details

  • Permits: 2012-5-16


  • Source of financing:

Background on Project

In 2012 CPI proposed a two-unit coal-fired power plant with a total planned capacity of 1,320 MW in Qinghai Province.[1] The plant was permitted in May 2012, and the environmental impact report was accepted by the China Department of Environmental Protection in June 2014.[2]

Satellite imagery from both Planet and google suggest construction on the plant began in the second half of 2013. It was completed in 2015-2016.[3][4][5]

Temporarily mothballed

In 2019 it was reported that all but one coal plant in Qinghai had been mothballed due to competition from renewable energy and low energy demand.[6]

The plant was reportedly running again starting in October 2021.[7]


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.[8]

Articles and Resources


  1. "中电投西宁2×660MW火电项目初步设计原则审查会在北京召开" accessed June 2013
  2. "关于中电投西宁2×600兆瓦级火电厂工程环境影响报告书的批复", 华人民共和国环境保护部, 环审[2014]152号, 2014-06-23
  3. "中电普安电厂主厂房浇筑了第一罐混凝土项目正式开工建设_中国电力," Dec 12, 2015
  4. "中电投西宁电厂#2机扣盖一次成功," CEDC, 2015-08-26
  5. "中电投西宁MW级火电厂工程.doc," accessed July 2018
  6. "亏损面缩小仍在50%左右 破产清算动作频频——煤电企业困局如何破解," 经济参考报, 2019-08-22
  7. 黄河公司煤电机组年累计发电量90.69亿千瓦时, qinghai.gov, 2021-11-10
  8. "Chinese nuclear giant officially launched". World Nuclear Association. 16 July 2015. Retrieved 4 May 2015.

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