Chuangyuan Smelter power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Chuangyuan Smelter power station (创新集团霍林郭勒创源金属自备电厂) is a 1,980-megawatt (MW) captive coal-fired power station in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.


The map below shows the location of the plant in Holingol County.

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Background on Project

In 2013 Inner Mongolia Chuangyuan Metal Co. began preparatory work on a subcritical 6 x 330 MW captive power station at the Holingol aluminum industrial zone.[1][2] The aluminum plant was commissioned in 2017.[3]

July 2017: Units 4-6 halted 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.[4]

Chuangyuan Smelter power station Units 4-6 are among the halted coal-burning units,[4] and also appeared on an updated list of halted projects released in September 2017.[5]

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

Construction ongoing

Planet Labs satellite photos show construction continued on units 4-6 immediately after the July and September 2017 suspension, and has continued through July 2018.

2019-2020: Plant commissioned

In January 2019 units 1-3 were reported as commissioned.[6] Units 4-6 were commissioned in 2020.[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Inner Mongolia Chuangyuan Metal Company
  • Parent company: Shandong Chuangxin Group
  • Location: Zhahanur, Holingol County, Tongliao Prefecture, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
  • Coordinates: 45.437275, 119.427496 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 1,980 MW (Units 1-6: 330 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start year: 2019 (Units 1-3), 2020 (Units 4-6)
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