Novo-Irkutsk power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Novo-Irkutsk power station (Ново-Иркутская ТЭЦ) is a 705-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Irkutsk province, Russia.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is in Irkutsk city, Irkutsk province.

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The five-unit, 655-MW coal-fired Novo-Irkutsk power station is owned by Irkutskenergo which is 90.2% owned by En+Group. The plant’s five units were brought online between 1975 and 1987.[1][2][3]

In 2013 an additional 50-MW unit was commissioned. The unit had been part of the Ust-Ilimsk Thermal Power Plant, which was decommissioned in 2004. The unit was transported to Irkutsk in 2011.[4]

In December 2019 Irkutskenergo announced that it planned to sell its power plant holdings to its subsidiary Baikal Energy Company for 27 billion rubles (approximately US$365 million).[5] Baikal Energy Company would then be in a position to sell the assets to another company. The transfer of assets was planned to happen in stages and be complete by 2024.[6] Gazprom Energoholding LLC emerged as a potential buyer; after acquisition, Gazprom would facilitate the conversion of these plants to gas.[7][8]

In 2021, En+Group was working on modernizing the Novo-Irkutsk power station. As part of the modernization process, the company planned to add a new cooling tower to the power station in 2022, which would increase the summer capacity of the power station by 70 MW.[9] The company also planned to spend 1.2 billion rubles (approximately US$16 million) to replace the main elements of boiler unit number 2.[10]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Baikal Energy Company
  • Parent company: En+Group
  • Location: Irkutsk city, Irkutsk province, Russia
  • Coordinates: 52.246817, 104.203081 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 705 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: Units 1-5: 1975-87; Unit 6: 2013
  • Coal type: Lignite[11]
  • Coal source:
  • Source of financing:

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