Dornod power station

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Dornod power station (which is also referred to as the Choibalsan power plant) is a 36-megawatt (MW) coal-fired combined heat and power station in Mongolia.

A 50 MW power station expansion is underway.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant in Choibalsan, Mongolia.

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The 36 MW Dornod plant was commissioned in 1982.[1] In 2015 the MoE planned refurbishment for the 36-MW CHP plant to maintain output.[2]

Description of Expansion

The Ministry of Energy initially announced plans to expand the plant by 100 MW.[3]

In 2013, the government of Mongolia's Energy Ministry "received a financial contribution from the KfW development bank" towards what was described as the "Energy Efficiency Program II". As a part of the project, tenders called for the "preparation of a feasibility study for the rehabilitation" of the Choibalsan power station.[4]

A May 2014 brochure for the Energy Mongolia International Conference & Expo referred to a 100 MW expansion of the Dornod power plant as one project in which international investment was being sought.[5]

The Economic Recovery Program of Mongolia (2016-2020) included plans for the plant to be expanded by 50 MW.[6] It is planned for commissioning in 2021.[7]

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new unit on November 8, 2019.[8]

In September 2020, it was reported that work on the new unit was 36% complete.[9]

In April 2021, the expansion was reportedly only 37.5% complete. Approximately 700-800 Mongolian and 300-400 Chinese workers are expected to work at the unit.[10]

In November 2021, Mongolia's Minister of Energy stated in an interview that the project was still under construction.[11] In August 2022, this statement was reiterated.[12]

In October 2022, the proposed 2023 state budget of Mongolia included MNT 52 billion ($15.2 million USD) for the Dornod power station expansion project.[13]

Project Details of Expansion

  • Sponsor: Mongolia Central Energy System
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Choibalsan, Dornod, Mongolia
  • Coordinates: 48.089877, 114.541569 (exact)
  • Status: Construction
  • Gross Capacity: 50 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service: 2021
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Prophecy Coal, "Chandgana Mine Mouth 600MW Power Plant Project", July 2013, page 8.
  2. "Increasing electricity capacity key to meeting growing demand in Mongolia's energy sector," Oxford Report, 2015.
  3. "Construction works for new Thermal Power Plant V in Ulanbataar will be started in June 2014, says Energy Minister," InfoMongolia, February 4, 2014.
  4. "Feasibility Study for the Rehabilitation of Two Thermal Power Plants in Mongolia," Devex, August 27, 2013.
  5. "Energy Mongolia International Conference & Expo," page 6.
  6. "The Economic Recovery Program of Mongolia 2016-2020," December 16, 2016.
  7. "Mongolia Third National Communication," UNFCCC, October 14, 2018.
  8. "“ДБЭХС” ТӨХК-ийн 50 МВТ-ийн өргөтгөлийн шав тавих ёслолын ажиллагаа боллоо," Мэдээ мэдээлэл, November 8, 2019.
  9. "“Чойбалсангийн дулааны цахилгаан станц” ТӨХК-ийн өргөтгөлийн барилга угсралтын энэ оны төлөвлөгөөт ажил 36 хувьтай үргэлжилж байна,", September 30, 2020.
  10. "Цахилгаан станцын 50 МВт-ын өргөтгөлийн явц 37.5 хувьтай байна," Montsame, April 9, 2021.
  11. "Н.Тавинбэх: Эрчим хүчний хэрэглээг дотоодоос бүрэн хангах нь бидний нэг том зорилт," Mongolian Mining Journal, November 22, 2021.
  12. "Эрчим хүчний сүлжээнд ашиглах том чадлын хуримтлуур өвлийн оргил ачааллаас өмнө ашиглалтад орно," Gogo, August 4, 2022.
  13. "13 projects to be implemented in Mongolian energy sector," Montsame, October 27, 2022.

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