Neryungrinskaya power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Neryungrinskaya power station (Neryungri power station, Нерюнгринская ГРЭС, Chulman power station, Чульманская ТЭЦ) is a 618-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Sakha Republic, Russia. Neryungrinskaya power station has the capacity of 570 MW, while the Chulman has the capacity of 48 MW.

A further 450 MW has been proposed.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Serebryany Bor, in Neryungri (Nüörüñgürü) town, Sakha Republic.

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Background on Plant

The site of the Neryungrinskaya power station was originally occupied by the 48 MW Chulman power station (Чульманская ТЭЦ), constructed in 1962. That station is still in operation, providing electricity and heat to the nearby village of Chulman.[1][2]

The three units of the newer 570-MW coal-fired Neryungrinskaya power station were brought online between 1983 and 1985. The Neryungrinskaya power station and the Chulman power station are both owned by RusHydro.[3][4][5] In November 2019 a reconstruction and refurbishing of Unit 2 was completed at a cost of 145 million rubles.[6] Coal is primarily sourced from the nearby Neryungri deposit.[7]

In November 2020 the Ministry of Energy announced a plan to build a 2 x 215 MW expansion of the plant.[8] Later coverage listed the capacity of the expansion as 2 x 225 MW. The expansion was expected to cost RUR 100.6 billion (approximately US$1.3 billion).[9][10] In April 2021, RusHydro announced that it was undertaking a RUR 5 billion modernization of the Neryungrinskaya power station, and that it was in the midst of a feasibility study for the two unit expansion.[11] In May 2021, it was reported that when the second unit of the expansion comes online, the 48 MW Chulman power station will be decommissioned. Its heat generation capabilities will be replaced by a new gas-fired boiler.[12] It was also reported that the Chulman power station will be replaced by a gas-fired boiler house.[13]

In May 2021, RusHydro applied for government funding for its power plant expansion projects, listing a target completion date of 2025 for the Neryungrinskaya expansion.[14] A December 2021 report states that construction on the two new units will take place from 2022-2025.[15] In February 2022, the project was again mentioned in the news.[16] In June 2022, it was mentioned that work at the construction sites has already started for this station (although no concrete details were provided), and that there is a likelihood that four out of six units at three power stations that are currently under construction, which includes two units at this power station, will run on natural gas.[17]

Environmental impact

In May 2019 local officials agreed to begin monthly monitoring of pollution from the plant.[18]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: JSC RAO Energy System of East
  • Parent company: RusHydro
  • Location: Serebryany Bor, in Neryungri (Nüörüñgürü) town, Sakha Republic, Russia
  • Coordinates: 56.669848, 124.852283 (exact)
  • Status: Chulman: Operating; Units 1-3: Operating; Units 4-5: Pre-Permit Development
  • Gross capacity: Chulman: 48 MW; Units 1-2: 2 x 180 MW; Unit 3: 210 MW; Units 4-5: 2 x 225 MW[16]
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: Chulman: 1962; Units 1-3: 1983-85; Units 4-5: 2025 (expected)[14]
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal source: Neryungri Deposit
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


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  2. The heads of RusHydro and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) discussed the development of the regional electric power industry, EP Russia, May 20, 2021
  3. Global Power Plant Database, World Resources Institute, Version 1.0.0, April 2018.
  4. Neryungri Coal Power Plant Russia, Global Energy Observatory, accessed June 2018.
  5. Нерюнгринская ГРЭС, Wikipedia (Russian), accessed June 2018.
  6. На Нерюнгринской ГРЭС завершен текущий ремонт энергоблока,, Nov. 25, 2019
  7. Нерюнгринская ГРЭС, Far Eastern Generating Company Joint Stock Company, Accessed June 8, 2021
  8. БАМ лишается новых электростанций Минэнерго предлагает изменить и удешевить схему энергоснабжения, Kommersant, Dec. 21, 2020
  9. Дальнему Востоку добавят мощности, Kommersant, Nov. 30, 2021
  10. РусГидро увеличит на 20% вложения в модернизацию энергообъектов ДФО, EastRussia, Sep. 7, 2021
  11. RusHydro starts modernization of Neryungrinskaya GRES, RusHydro, Apr. 27, 2021
  12. The heads of RusHydro and the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) discussed the development of the regional electric power industry, EP Russia, May 20, 2021
  13. "Изношенную Чульманскую ТЭЦ заменит современная экологичная котельная". May 13, 2021. Retrieved Jun 16, 2022.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Three RusHydro projects apply for funding from the NWF, EP Russia, May 21, 2021
  15. «Мы должны резко повысить качество жизни в Южной Якутии», SakhaNews, Dec. 30, 2021
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Российские производители поставят оборудование для модернизации Владивостокской ТЭЦ-2". Feb 18, 2022. Retrieved Jun 13, 2022.
  17. "Общий размер дивидендов РусГидро за 2021 год может составить 23,3 млрд рублей". Jun 30, 2022. Retrieved Jul 1, 2022.
  18. Нерюнгринские депутаты обсудили проблемы экологии Чульмана, NewsYKT, Jun. 1, 2019

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