CR Wujianfang power station

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CR Wujianfang power station (华润电力锡林郭勒公司五间房电厂) is an operating power station of at least 1320-megawatts (MW) in Jirengaole, West Ujimqin, Xilingol, Inner Mongolia, China. It is also known as Huarun Power Wujianfang Power Project, 华润电力西乌旗五间房发电厂 (Unit 1).


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
CR Wujianfang power station Jirengaole, West Ujimqin, Xilingol, Inner Mongolia, China 44.6022, 116.6998 (exact)

The map below shows the exact location of the power station.

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1, Unit 2: 44.6022, 116.6998

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 operating coal - lignite 660 ultra-supercritical 2019
Unit 2 operating coal - lignite 660 ultra-supercritical 2019

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 China Resources Power (Xilinguole) Co Ltd [100.0%]
Unit 2 China Resources Power (Xilinguole) Co Ltd [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Permit(s): June 16, 2015

Background on Project

China Resources is currently planning to build a coal-fired power plant with a total planned capacity of 1,320 MW in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.[1][2]

Construction is planned for 2015 and operation in 2017.[3] Construction was approved in June 2015.[4][5]

Nationwide Restrictions Imposed on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity

In 2016 China's National Energy Administration issued "scale control" (coal-fired capacity limits) on particular "sending out" locations that feed ultra-high voltage (UHV) long-distance power lines, including Inner Mongolia (Xilingong), Inner Mongolia (Ordos), Shaanxi, Ningxia, and Xinjiang.[6]

As of January 2017, the affected area includes this power station, which may be scaled down as a result. For details, see China's 2016 Restrictions on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity.

2017: Expansion postponed by government

In July 2017, the 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. The list partly overlapped with the projects listed in the January NEA letter to 13 provinces.[7]

CR Wujianfang power station Units 1-2 are among the postponed coal-burning units,[7] and also appeared on an updated list of postponements released in September 2017.[8]

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

March 2018: Construction continues on project

Satellite imagery for 44.572488, 116.739511 shows that construction continued on the project in the period July 2017 to March 2018.

2019-2020 Commissioning

Unit 1 was commissioned on November 11, 2019.[9]

Unit 2 was commissioned on December 28, 2019.[10]

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