Chifeng Yuanbaoshan power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Chifeng Yuanbaoshan power station (国电元宝山发电厂) is an 1,800-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station, in Yuanbaoshan District.

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Background on Plant

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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Project Details for Units 5-6

  • Sponsor: China Power Investment Corp
  • Parent company: National Energy Investment Group
  • Location: Yuanbaoshan District, Chifeng Prefecture, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
  • Coordinates: 42.303333, 119.324167 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross capacity: 2,000 MW
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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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