Gansu 803 power station

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Gansu 803 power station (华能803发电厂) is an operating power station of at least 600-megawatts (MW) in Gobi Desert, Yumen, Jiuquan, Gansu, China with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Gansu 803 power station Gobi Desert, Yumen, Jiuquan, Gansu, China 40.208093, 97.359004 (exact)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1, Unit 2, Unit 4, Unit 5, Unit 6: 40.208093, 97.359004

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 retired coal - unknown 35 subcritical 1966 2017
Unit 2 retired coal - unknown 35 subcritical 1968 2007
Unit 4 retired coal - unknown 50 subcritical 2005 2017
Unit 5 operating coal - unknown 300 supercritical 2016
Unit 6 operating coal - unknown 300 supercritical 2017

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Huaneng 803 Thermal Power Co Ltd [100.0%]
Unit 2 Huaneng 803 Thermal Power Co Ltd [100.0%]
Unit 4 Huaneng 803 Thermal Power Co Ltd [100.0%]
Unit 5 Huaneng 803 Thermal Power Co Ltd [100.0%]
Unit 6 Huaneng 803 Thermal Power Co Ltd [100.0%]

Project-level coal details

  • Permit(s): November 21, 2011


The first two units of the Gansu 803 power station started operation in 1966 and 1968, each had a size of 35 MW. In 1970, 25 MW unit 3 went online, followed by 50 MW unit 4 in 2005. All units retired by 2017. The power station extended its capacity with two 300 MW units between 2016 and 2017. The power station is owned by Huaneng Group.

Description of Expansion

Gansu plans two additional coal-fired CHP units at this plant, units 5-6, with a total planned capacity of 600 MW.[1]

The new units were permitted by NDRC in November 2011, and started construction in 2012, aiming operation in 2014.[2]But due to unknown reason, it has been stopped for 3 years. Only in April 2015, the construction restarted.[3] [3] Unit 1 began operating in December 2016,[4] and unit 2 in February 2017.[5] The older units were fully retired in May 2017. The capacity of Datang 803 remains 660MW.[6]


In May 2020, State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission (SASAC) began a pilot project which is allowing each of the five Central SOEs, central government-owned power giants presenting only in one province or autonomous region in 5 northwest provinces and autonomous regions. It is an effort by SASAC to improve the financial performance of the coal power companies in these 5 provinces and Autonomous regions. According to SASAC's arrangement, China Huaneng presents in Gansu. China Huadian leads Xinjiang. China Datang is in Shaanxi except those power companies belonging to China Energy Group. SPIC is in Qinghai. China Energy Group leads Ningxia. [7][8] By the end of 2020, 10 coal power stations in Gansu have completed the transition. [9][10]

Guodian Yuzhong Power Station transferred its ownership to China Huaneng in Februry 2021.[11]

Plant Details for Unit 1-4

  • Sponsor: Gansu Datang 803 Cogen Power Generation Co., Ltd.
  • Owner: Datang Gansu Power Generation Co., Ltd.
  • Parent company: China Datang
  • Location: Yumen city, Jiuquan Prefecture, Gansu Province, China
  • Coordinates: 40.209545, 97.365799(exact)
  • Status: Retired (2007-2017)
  • Gross capacity: 135 MW (unit 1: 25MW, unit 2, 35MW, unit 3: 25MW, unit 4: 50MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1966-2005
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Articles and Resources


  1. Ailun Yang and Yiyun Cui, "Global Coal Risk Assessment: Data Analysis and Market Research," World Resources Institute working paper, November 2012
  2. "大唐玉门八0三发电厂热电联产扩建工程开工"甘肃经济日报, 2012-11-05
  3. 3.0 3.1 "大唐玉门803发电厂热电联产项目全面开工建设," 2015/4/8
  4. "大唐八0三发电厂“上大压小”2×300MW热电联产扩建工程一号机组168小时试运行一次成功," Dec 26, 2017
  5. "大唐八○三热电2号机通过168小时试运," 北极星电力网新闻中心, Feb 8, 2017
  6. "电厂记忆|服役51年 再见了大唐八〇三电厂!"北极星电力网新闻中心, 2017/5/25
  7. "西北五省"一省一企"煤电重组 是"电改"倒退吗?丨煤电生存发展系列报道_整合". 2020-08-07. Retrieved 2021-05-01.
  8. "央企整合再出大动作,西北五省区各自将只有一家煤电央企-国际能源网能源资讯中心". 2020-05-26. Retrieved 2021-05-01.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. "新划入员工5050名!10家煤电企业划转 9家已正式冠名华能【附新成员名单】--来源:《中国华能》 作者:马良骥". 2021-05-01. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  10. "冠名华能!大唐、国家能源、国家电投13家电厂划入华能集团_甘肃". 2021-01-18. Retrieved 2021-05-04.
  11. "华能八〇三热电有限公司 - 企查查". Retrieved 2021-05-05.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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