Guodian Yuzhong power station

From Global Energy Monitor
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Guodian Yuzhong power station (国电兰州热电厂, also known as the Lanzhou Dongcheng power station 国电东城热电厂) is a retired 220-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Gansu Province, China.

Guodian Yuzhong-2 power station (国电兰州热电公司榆中热电厂) is a 700 MW coal plant under development at the same region but in a different location.

Location of Guodian Yuzhong-1

The undated satellite photo below shows Guodian Yuzhong-1 power station at 143 Jiayuguan Road in Chengguan District.

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Location of Guodian Yuzhong-2

The undated satellite photo below shows Guodian Yuzhong-2 power station in Doujiaying Village in Jinya Town, Yuzhong County.

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Background on Guodian Yuzhong-1

The two existing coal-fired units of Guodian Yuzhong -1 power station, totaling 220 MW, were brought online between 1989 and 1990. It is a CHP power station, supplying heat to 8 million square meters of urban area of Lanzhou City. The plant was originally owned by China Guodian.[1]

The plant will be shut down when Yuzhong-2 is completed.[2]

The plant's two units were retired in 2019.[3]

Description of Guodian Yuzhong-2

Guodian is planning to build the two-unit coal-fired CHP Guodian Yuzhong-2 power station, with a total capacity of 600 MW. In 2014 the size was raised to 2 x 350 MW.[4][5]

The units are under construction, and plan to supply heat to eastern Lanzhou city in 2018. The heating area will increase to 16.78 million square meters.[6]

Unit 1 was connected to the grid in September 2018,[7] and commissioned in January 2019.[8]

Unit 2

2017: Expansion postponed by government

In July 2017, the NEA released the "Guideline of Supply-Side Reform of the Coal Power Bubble". The Guideline included a draft list which slowed down or halted 185 coal-burning units across 21 provinces, totaling 107 GW. 114 coal units (65 GW) are ordered to slow down the construction progress during 2017 to 2020, and are not allowed to connect to the grid in 2017. In addition, 71 coal units (42 GW) were halted indefinitely for regulation violations. The list partly overlapped with the projects listed in the January NEA letter to 13 provinces.[9]

Guodian Yuzhong-2 unit 2 is among the postponed coal-burning units,[9] and also appeared on an updated list of postponements released in September 2017. The new list contained 151 units totaling 93 GW.[10]

For more information, see China's Restrictions on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity.

Construction resumes

Construction was reported on unit 2 in May 2018. According to satellite photos, the project looks near completion.[11]


On August 28, 2017, China's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) announced that China Guodian Corporation and Shenhua Group will be jointly restructured. Shenhua Group will become China National Energy Investment Group and will absorb China Guodian Corporation. It will be the largest power company in the world by installed capacity, as well as the world's largest coal producer.[12][13] The merger was completed on November 28, 2017.[14]

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. [15][16] By the end of 2020, 10 coal power stations in Gansu have completed the transition. [17][18]

Guodian Yuzhong Power Station transferred its ownership to China Huaneng in January 2021.

Opposition to Guodian Yuzhong-2

According to news reports, in order to build Guodian Yuzhong-2, 505 households had to relocate. Those who did not want to move, or were not happy with the compensation, engaged in constant conflict with the construction workers. The construction company claimed that they lost 700 million RMB (US$1.1 million) due to the construction delay caused by the conflict. On April 12, 2016, the local government officials demolished 3 homes after negotiations with them failed. By April 2016, one family still refused to move away, and the negotiation was ongoing.[19]

Plant Details of Guodian Yuzhong-1

  • Sponsor: Huaneng Lanzhou Cogen Power Co., Ltd 华能兰州热电有限责任公司.[20][20]
  • Owner: Huaneng Gansu Engery Development Co., Ltd 62%; Gansu Electric Power Investment & Development Company 38%.
  • Parent company: China Huaneng
  • Location: 143 Jiayuguan Road, Chengguan District, Lanzhou Prefecture, Gansu Province.
  • Coordinates: 36.032268, 103.876052 (exact)
  • Status: Retired (2019)
  • Gross capacity: 220 MW (Units 1 & 2: 110 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start year: 1989-90
  • Coal type:
  • Coal source:
  • Source of financing:

Project Details of Guodian Yuzhong-2

  • Sponsor: Huaneng Lanzhou Cogen Power Co., Ltd 华能兰州热电有限责任公司.[20]
  • Owner: Huaneng Gansu Engery Development Co., Ltd 62%; Gansu Electric Power Investment & Development Company 38%.
  • Parent company: China Huaneng
  • Location: Doujiaying Villege, Jinya Town, Yuzhong County, Lanzhou Prefecture, Gansu Province, China
  • Coordinates: 36.017618, 104.066812 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 700 MW (Units 1 & 2: 350 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • Start year: 2019
  • Coal type: Supercritical
  • Coal source:
  • Source of financing:

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