Kharanorskaya power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Kharanorskaya power station (Харанорская ГРЭС) is a 655-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Zabaykalsky territory, Russia. A further 100-MW unit was proposed and is currently considered shelved.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Yasnogorsk city, Olovyanninsky district, Zabaykalsky territory.

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Background on Plant

The Kharanorskaya coal-fired power plant is owned by OGK-3, a subsidiary of Inter RAO. The first 215-MW unit came online in 1995, and the second in 2001.[1][2] The plant supplies heat and power to residential customers as well as industrial enterprises.[2]

Description of Expansion

In November 2012, the 225-MW Unit 3 of Kharanorskaya went online. The unit was built by JSC EnergoProect.[3] Unit 3 was modernized in 2016 and its capacity increased to 235 MW.[4]

Other sources also list three additional 215-MW units at Kharanorskaya, Units 4-6 as "deferred." No mention of these units is available on Inter RAO's website.[5]

In March 2018 a new plan to build a fourth unit was announced by the Governor of Transbaikal and by Inter RAO, who cited a need for an additional 100 MW by 2025 to power the planned Norilsk Nickel plant and the planned sixth uranium mine at the Priargunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union site.[6][7] As of December 2020 there has been no further news about this project in more than two years, and it appears to be shelved.

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Third Generation Company of the Wholesale Electricity Market (OGK-3)
  • Parent company: Inter RAO
  • Location: Yasnogorsk city, Olovyanninsky district, Zabaykalsky territory, Russia
  • Coordinates: 50.85526, 115.70118 (exact)
  • Status: Units 1-3: Operating; Unit 4: Shelved
  • Gross capacity (operating): 665 MW[4]
    • Units 1-2: 2 x 215 MW[4]
    • Unit 3: 235 MW[4]
  • Gross capacity (shelved)[7]: 100 MW
    • Unit 4: 100 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1995 (Unit 1); 2001 (Unit 2)
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source: Kharanorsky 2B & 3B mines, Zabaykalsky territory, Russia; Urtuiskiy and Kharanorskiy coal mines
  • Source of financing:

Project Details for Units 3-6 Expansion

  • Sponsor: Third Generation Company of the Wholesale Electricity Market (OGK-3)
  • Status: Operating (Unit 3, Nov. 2012); Unit 4: Announced; Cancelled (Units 5-6)
  • Gross Capacity: Unit 3: 225 MW; Unit 4: 100 MW
  • Type:
  • Coal Type:
  • Coal Source: Kharanorsky coal mine (2B & 3B mines), Zabaykalsky territory, Russia[3]
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Kharanorskaya Thermal Power Plant, Inter RAO Generation website, accessed Feb. 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Харанорская ГРЭС, Wikipedia (Russian), accessed June 2018.
  3. 3.0 3.1 INTER RAO UES Launches New Power Generation Unit at Kharanorskaya TPP, Inter RAO press release, Nov. 16, 2012.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 "Харанорская ГРЭС". Inter RAO. Retrieved Jan 4, 2022.
  5. "World Electric Power Plants Database,", Platts, December 2013. The database is not available online but can be purchased from Platts.
  6. В Забайкалье создадут рабочую группу по строительству нового энергоблока Харанорской ГРЭС, Tass, Mar. 12, 2018
  7. 7.0 7.1 Харанорской ГРЭС добавят энергоблок для обеспечения Быстринского ГОКа и уранового рудника, Tayga, Mar. 13, 2018

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