Huadian Laizhou power station

From Global Energy Monitor
This article is part of the CoalSwarm coverage of China and coal

Huadian Laizhou power station (华电国际莱州发电公司二期) is a 4,078-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Shandong Province, China.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant in Yantai Prefecture, Shandong Province.

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Background on Plant

The first two coal-fired units of Huadian Laizhou power station, totaling 2,078 MW, were brought online in 2012. The plant is majority-owned by China Huadian.[1]

Description of Expansion

Huadian is currently planning to build two additional coal-fired units at this plant, with a total planned capacity of 2,000 MW.[2] The company hopes to have the units approved and under construction by the end of 2014.[3] The two units were permitted in 2015.[4] Construction began in 2016.[5]

Nationwide Restrictions Imposed on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity

In January 2017 China's National Energy Administration proposed for suspension over 100 planned and under-construction coal power projects in 13 provinces, including Huadian Laizhou. The NEA proposed the projects included be postponed to the 14th Five Year period (2021-2025).[6]

For details, see China's 2016 Restrictions on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity.

Construction ongoing

Based on Planet satellite data from August 2017 to November 2018 construction has continued on the power station. A January 2018 news article confirmed construction was ongoing, with operation planned for 2019.[7] This appears to violate NEA Electricity [2016] 275, which suspended construction that began in 2016 or later in all provinces that have a red light under the traffic light system, which includes Shandong.

Unit 3 was commissioned in August 2019.[8]

Unit 4 was commissioned in November 2019.[9]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: China Huadian (75%), Shandong Development Investment Holding Group (25%)
  • Location: Haibeizui Village, Jincheng Town, Laizhou Couny, Yantai Prefecture, Shandong Province, China
  • Coordinates: 37.432222, 120.018056 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: Units 1-2: 2,078 MW (2 x 1,039 MW); Units 3-4: 2,000 MW (2 x 1,000 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-Supercritical
  • Start year: 2012 (Units 1 & 2), 2019 (Units 3 & 4)
  • Coal type: Bituminous
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