Daba power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Daba power station (宁夏大坝发电厂) is a 3,840-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.


The undated satellite photo below shows Units 1-4 to the south, Units 5-6 in the center, and Daba-4 under construction to the north in Qingtongxia, Wuzhong.

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Background on Plant

Daba power station is an eight-unit coal-fired power station of 3,840 MW. It was commissioned in 1991, 2009 and 2019. It is owned by China Huaneng (1-4 units and unit 7-8) and China Datang (5-6 units). Units 5-6 are also known as Daba-3.[1]

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.[2]

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.


China Huaneng is planning to build the Daba-4 power station with a total planned capacity of 1,320 MW (also known as Daba-4 Power Station Units 7-8) near units 1-6 of the Daba power station.[3],[4]

Unit 7 was commissioned in 2018,[5] and unit 8 in 2019.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: China Huaneng (Units 1-4), China Datang (Units 5-6)
  • Location: Daba Town (Dabazhen), Qingtongxia, Wuzhong, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China
  • Coordinates: Units 1-4: 37.9854795, 105.9283345; Units 5-6: 37.9897243, 105.9258293 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 3,840 MW (Units 1-4: 330 MW, Units 5-6: 600 MW and Unit 7-8 1320 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start year: 1991-2009-2019
  • Coal type: Bituminous, Anthracite
  • Coal source:
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