Neryungrinskaya power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Neryungrinskaya power station (or Neryungri power station) is a 618-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Sakha Republic, Russia. A further 430 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, 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] 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.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11]

Environmental impact

In May 2019 local officials agreed to begin monthly monitoring of pollution from the plant.[12]

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 215 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: Chulman: 1962; Units 1-3: 1983-85
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal source: Neryungri Deposit
  • Source of financing:

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