Datang Xilinhaote power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Datang Xilinhaote (Xilinhot) power station (大唐锡林浩特发电厂) is a 1,320-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Xilinhaote (Xilinhot) City, Xilingol (Xilinguole) Prefecture.

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Background on Project

China Datang is planning to build a coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 1,320 MW in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.[1][2]

As of 2015 the project is under environmental assessment.[3][4]

Construction is planned for 2015 and operation in 2017.[5] Construction began in 2015.[6][7]

Project suspended, then revived

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.[8]

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.

July 2017: Plant postponed by government

In July 2017 China's National Energy Administration (NEA) postponed or halted 185 coal-burning units across 21 provinces, totaling nearly 107 gigawatts (GW). 114 coal units totaling 65 GW are postponed for consideration until after the end of the 13th 5-year plan, in 2020. In addition, 71 coal units totaling nearly 42 GW were halted indefinitely for regulation violations. NEA said its goal is to eventually suspend or halt 150 GW of coal capacity during the 13th 5-year plan (2016-2020).[9]

Datang Xilinhaote power station Units 1-2 are among the postponed coal-burning units.[9]

September 2017: Suspension lifted

After political negotiations, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) released an updated list of postponed and halted coal projects on September 26, 2017. The new list contained 151 units totaling 95 gigawatts (GW). Datang Xilinhaote power station was no longer on the list, suggesting the plant is not suspended.[10]

Unit 1 was commissioned in December 2019.[11] Unit 2 was commissioned in July 2020.[12]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: China Datang
  • Location: Xilinhaote (Xilinhot) City, Xilingol (Xilinguole) Prefecture, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China
  • Coordinates: 44.0223, 116.172225 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 1,320 MW (Units 1 and 2: 660 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Start year: 2019 (Unit 1), 2020 (Unit 2)
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