Delong Nickel Phase II power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Delong Nickel Phase II power station is a 1,840 megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant built to power the Delong Nickel smelter in Bondoala, Konawe, South Sulawesi, Indonesia. An additional 380 MW could be developed at the site.


The satellite photo below shows the plant in Bondoala, Konawe, South Sulawesi, Indonesia.

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Background on Project

In September 2017 a contract to build the plant was awarded to Zhongtian Guoneng Power Engineering.[1] The contract period is from October 2017 through July 31, 2019.[1] The plant would be operated PT Obsidian Stainless Steel, a joint venture of Xiamen Xiangyu Group and Jiangsu Delong Nickel Industry Co., which owns the existing Delong Nickel power station at the same location.[1] In August 2019 it was reported that construction of the smelter would begin in October 2019.[2] In April 2020 the smelter's first production line began to operate.[3] Unit 1 was commissioned in April 2021.[4]

In December 2020, eight Chinese financial institutions announced that they had reached a funding agreement for the integrated Delong Nickel production facilities, which include the Delong Nickel Phase II power station along with a Nickel Mine, a Steel Smelting Plant, and a Multi-Functional Port. The eight Chinese institutions involved in the deal were Bank of China (BOC), China Development Bank, China Construction Bank, ICBC, Agricultural Bank of China, CITIC bank, China Merchants Bank, and Tai Fung Bank.[5]

Unit 8 began operating in June 2021.[6] Unit 9 began operating in January 2022, after Units 1-8 and Unit 10 were already operating. The power station appeared to be holding space for an additional 380 MW unit in 2022, considered Unit 11. The unit is presumed shelved.[7]

Environmental Impact

Residents living near the Delong Nickel Smelter began to complain about pollution from coal dust almost immediately after the Delong Nickel power station began operation. The coal dust regularly blows up to 3 kilometers away from the power station and coats everything, both indoors and outdoors. Children in the area have also began coughing and having difficulty breathing.[8]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: PT. Obsidian Stainless Steel
  • Parent company: Xiamen Xiangyu Group (51%), Jiangsu Delong Nickel Industry Co (49%)
  • Location: Bondoala, Konawe, South Sulawesi, Indonesia
  • Coordinates:-3.828279272, 122.4662306; -3.827487745, 122.462752; -3.827910421, 122.4682708 (exact)
  • Status: Units 1-10: Operating[9][10]; Unit 11: Shelved
  • Gross capacity: Units 1-8: 8 x 135 MW; Units 9-11: 3 x 380 MW
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  • In service: Units 1-3: 2020; Units 4-8: 2021; Unit 9: 2022; Unit 10: 2021[11]; Unit 11: on hold
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