Gusinoozyorskaya power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Gusinoozyorskaya power station is a 1190-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in the Republic of Buryatia, in Russia.[1]


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Gusinoozyorskaya city, Selenginsky district, Republic of Buryatia.

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Background on Plant

One of the more modern former-Soviet plants, Gusinoozyorskaya was approved by the Soviet Council of Ministers in 1968, as a project of six 200-MW coal-fired units. The first four units were brought online in 1976-79; the last two were brought online in 1988-92. Unit 2 was refurbished in 1993-96, and Unit 4 in 1998. The plant is owned by the Third Generation Company of the Wholesale Electricity Market (OGK-3), a subsidiary of Inter RAO.[2][3]

In December 2020 it was reported that the capacity of Unit 2 and Unit 3 will each be increased by 54 MW in the period 2021-2023, or possibly by a collective 54 MW for the two units.[4]

Description of Expansion

The RAO UES 2006-10 five-year plan (from before the restructuring of RAO UES), which RAO management approved in January 2007, lists as a long-term project the addition of a 330-MW coal-fired unit at Gusinoozyorsk, with a completion date of 2011.[5] A January 2014 Inter RAO investment plan presentation does not mention this plan, and there is no indication that the new management at Inter RAO intends on pursuing this expansion.[6]

However, Inter RAO did in recent years conduct a renovation of Unit 4, expanding its output to 210 MW, and expanding the entire plant's output from 1100 to 1130 MW. This renovation project was completed in 2013.[6][7][8]

Public Opposition

In July 2018 residents met publicly for a half-a-day with a representative of the All-Russia People's Front (or ONF, as it is known in Russian) to voice complaints about the impact of the Buryatskaya open-pit coal mine, the Gusinoozyorskaya power station, and the transportation of coal between them, with more than 300 trips by 30-ton trucks daily. Problems described include the shaking of house from vibrations, coal dust getting on laundry, and constant noise.[9]

Environmental Impact

In February 2020 it was revealed that the plant was polluting the Tel River in violation of the Water Code of Russia after environmental activists requested an audit of the plant by the Trans-Baikal Interregional Administration of Rosprironadzor.[10]

Project Details for Expansion

  • Sponsor: Third Generation Company of the Wholesale Electricity Market (OGK-3)
  • Parent company: Inter RAO
  • Location: Gusinoozyorsk city, Selenginsky district, Republic of Buryatia, Russia
  • Coordinates: 51.29841, 106.48411 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 330 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service:
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source: Okino-Klyuchevskaya mine
  • Source of financing:

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