Dornod power station

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Dornod power station (Дорнод бүсийн эрчим хүчний систем, Дорнодын цахилгаан станцыг) is an operating power station of at least 36-megawatts (MW) in Choibalsan, Dornod, Mongolia with multiple units, some of which are not currently operating. It is also known as Choibalsan power station, Чойбалсангийн дулааны станц.


Table 1: Project-level location details

Plant name Location Coordinates (WGS 84)
Dornod power station Choibalsan, Dornod, Mongolia 48.079288, 114.554981 (exact)

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Unit-level coordinates (WGS 84):

  • Unit 1, Unit 2: 48.079288, 114.554981

Project Details

Table 2: Unit-level details

Unit name Status Fuel(s) Capacity (MW) Technology Start year Retired year
Unit 1 operating coal - subbituminous 36 subcritical 1982
Unit 2 construction coal - subbituminous 50 unknown 2024

Table 3: Unit-level ownership and operator details

Unit name Owner
Unit 1 Central Energy System [100.0%]
Unit 2 Central Energy System [100.0%]


The 36 MW Dornod plant was commissioned in 1982.[1] In 2015 the Ministry of Energy planned refurbishment for the 36-MW CHP plant to maintain output.[2]

Description of Expansion

The Ministry of Energy initially announced plans to expand the plant by 100 MW.[3]

In 2013, the government of Mongolia's Energy Ministry "received a financial contribution from the KfW development bank" towards what was described as the "Energy Efficiency Program II". As a part of the project, tenders called for the "preparation of a feasibility study for the rehabilitation" of the Choibalsan power station.[4]

A May 2014 brochure for the Energy Mongolia International Conference & Expo referred to a 100 MW expansion of the Dornod power plant as one project in which international investment was being sought.[5]

The Economic Recovery Program of Mongolia (2016-2020) included plans for the plant to be expanded by 50 MW.[6] It is planned for commissioning in 2021.[7]

A groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new unit on November 8, 2019.[8]

In September 2020, it was reported that work on the new unit was 36% complete.[9]

In April 2021, the expansion was reportedly only 37.5% complete. Approximately 700-800 Mongolian and 300-400 Chinese workers are expected to work at the unit.[10]

In November 2021, Mongolia's Minister of Energy stated in an interview that the project was still under construction.[11] In August 2022, this statement was reiterated.[12]

In October 2022, the proposed 2023 state budget of Mongolia included MNT 52 billion ($15.2 million USD) for the Dornod power station expansion project.[13]

In May 2023, it was reported that the 50 MW expansion was expected to be completed in 2023.[14]

As of August 2023, construction was reportedly 75% complete and the expansion was expected to be commissioned in late 2023 to 2024.[15][16]

In December 2023, the Energy Minister reportedly said that the expansion was expected to begin operation in January 2024.[17]

Articles and Resources


  1. Prophecy Coal, "Chandgana Mine Mouth 600MW Power Plant Project", July 2013, page 8.
  2. "Increasing electricity capacity key to meeting growing demand in Mongolia's energy sector," Oxford Report, 2015.
  3. "Construction works for new Thermal Power Plant V in Ulanbataar will be started in June 2014, says Energy Minister," InfoMongolia, February 4, 2014.
  4. "Feasibility Study for the Rehabilitation of Two Thermal Power Plants in Mongolia," Devex, August 27, 2013.
  5. "Energy Mongolia International Conference & Expo," page 6.
  6. "The Economic Recovery Program of Mongolia 2016-2020," December 16, 2016.
  7. "Mongolia Third National Communication," UNFCCC, October 14, 2018.
  8. "“ДБЭХС” ТӨХК-ийн 50 МВТ-ийн өргөтгөлийн шав тавих ёслолын ажиллагаа боллоо," Мэдээ мэдээлэл, November 8, 2019.
  9. "“Чойбалсангийн дулааны цахилгаан станц” ТӨХК-ийн өргөтгөлийн барилга угсралтын энэ оны төлөвлөгөөт ажил 36 хувьтай үргэлжилж байна,", September 30, 2020.
  10. "Цахилгаан станцын 50 МВт-ын өргөтгөлийн явц 37.5 хувьтай байна," Montsame, April 9, 2021.
  11. "Н.Тавинбэх: Эрчим хүчний хэрэглээг дотоодоос бүрэн хангах нь бидний нэг том зорилт," Mongolian Mining Journal, November 22, 2021.
  12. "Эрчим хүчний сүлжээнд ашиглах том чадлын хуримтлуур өвлийн оргил ачааллаас өмнө ашиглалтад орно," Gogo, August 4, 2022.
  13. "13 projects to be implemented in Mongolian energy sector," Montsame, October 27, 2022.
  14. ""шинэ Сэргэлтийн Бодлого"-Д Туссан Хөгжлийн Төслүүдийн Хэрэгжилтийг Эрчимжүүлэхийг Үүрэг Болгов,", May 24, 2023
  15. "М.БАЯРМАГНАЙ: "Шинэ сэргэлтийн бодлого"-ын хүрээнд Монгол Улс эрчим хүчний хөгжлийн 22 төсөл хэрэгжүүлнэ," Montsame, July 5, 2023
  16. "ДОРНОД: Цахилгаан станцын 50 МВт-ын өргөтгөлийг ирэх өвөл ашиглалтад оруулна," Montsame, August 9, 2023
  17. "Ойрын жилүүдэд ашиглалтад орох болон гацаад буй цахилгаан станцын төслүүд," Ikon, December 14, 2023

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