Ningdong Fangjiazhuang power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Ningdong Fangjiazhuang power station (国电浙能宁东发电公司方家庄电厂) is a 2,000-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant in Majiatan Town.

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Background on Project

China Guodian (now National Energy Investment Group is currently planning to build a coal-fired power plant with a total planned capacity of 2,000 MW in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.[1]

In August 2014 Ningxia said it would speed up preparatory work on the power station.[2]

In 2015 the power station was reported as under construction. The first unit is scheduled for completion on November 30, 2017, and the second unit on March 30, 2018.[3][4]

Nationwide Restrictions Imposed on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity

In 2016 China's National Energy Administration issued "scale control" (coal-fired capacity limits) on particular "sending out" locations that feed ultra-high voltage (UHV) long-distance power lines, including Inner Mongolia (Xilingong), Inner Mongolia (Ordos), Shaanxi, Ningxia, and Xinjiang.[5]

As of January 2017, the affected area includes this power station, which may be scaled down as a result. For details, see China's 2016 Restrictions on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity.

2017: Plant postponed by government

In July 2017, the NEA released the "Guideline of Supply-Side Reform of the Coal Power Bubble". The Guideline included a draft list which slowed down or halted 185 coal-burning units across 21 provinces, totaling 107 GW. 114 coal units (65 GW) are ordered to slow down the construction progress during 2017 to 2020, and are not allowed to connect to the grid in 2017. In addition, 71 coal units (42 GW) were halted indefinitely for regulation violations. The list partly overlapped with the projects listed in the January NEA letter to 13 provinces.[6]

Ningdong Fangjiazhuang power station Units 1-2 are among the postponed coal-burning units,[6] and also appeared on an updated list of postponements released in September 2017.[7]

For more information, see China's 2016/2017 Restrictions on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity.

2018: Plant appears substantially complete

Satellite photographs from Planet show that the project appeared to be substantially complete as of March 2018.

2019: Unit 2 commissioned

Unit 2 was commissioned in July 2019.[8] Unit 1 was commissioned in December 2019.[9]

The plant has been designated an emergency back-up power source, and will be used on an emergency basis only for at least a year.[8]


On August 28 2017, China's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) announced that China Guodian Corporation and Shenhua Group will be jointly restructured. Shenhua Group will become China National Energy Investment Group and will absorb China Guodian Corporation. It will be the largest power company in the world by installed capacity, as well as the world's largest coal producer.[10][11] The merger was completed on November 28, 2017.[12]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: National Energy Investment Group (51%), Zhejiang Provincial Energy Group (49%)
  • Location: Majiatan Town, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China (灵武市马家滩镇西三村)
  • Coordinates: 37.8376488, 106.6665009 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 2,000 MW (2 x 1,000 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Start year: 2019
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Articles and resources


  1. Ailun Yang and Yiyun Cui, "Global Coal Risk Assessment: Data Analysis and Market Research," World Resources Institute working paper, November 2012
  2. "宁夏公司方家庄电厂项目获“路条”", 国电宁夏公司, 2014-08-14
  3. "宁夏方家庄2×1000兆瓦机组项目获核准," China Guodian, 2015/04/15
  4. "方家庄电厂2×100万千瓦机组工程开工," China Guodian, 2015/08/17
  5. "能源局下发13省市新建火电机组停建清单(附文件)," Polaris, Jan 16, 2017
  6. 6.0 6.1 "16部委联合发文防范化解煤电产能过剩风险,", 2017-08-03
  7. "2017年分省煤电停建和缓建项目名单," Sohu, 2017-10-12
  8. 8.0 8.1 "河北建投遵化2×350MW热电联产工程1号机组通过168小时满负荷试运行," 北极星电力网新闻中心, 2019/7/11
  9. "中国首座百万间接空冷智慧电厂在宁夏投产," 中国新闻网, 2019-12-29
  10. "Factbox: Shenhua and Guodian - China's latest state marriage". Reuters. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  11. "China Is Creating the World's Largest Power Company". Bloomberg News. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  12. "China’s Newly-Established National Energy Investment Group Sets World Records in Its Sector, With Assets of Over CNY1.8 Trillion," Yicai Global, 11-28-2017

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