Primorsky power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Primorsky GRES, also referred to as Primorskaya GRES (Приморская ГРЭС), is a 1,467-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Primorsky territory, Russia.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Luchegorsk city, Pozharsky district, Primorsky territory.

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Background on Plant

The plant used to be owned by the Far Eastern Generating Company, which is in turn majority-owned by RusHydro.[1][2] In September 2019 RusHydro agreed to an asset swap which would transfer ownership of the plant and the Luchegorsky coal mine to Andrey Melnichenko, the majority-minority owner of the Siberian Coal Energy Company (SUEK). In June 2020 the asset swap was completed with SUEK becoming the plant's owner and RusHydro obtaining 41.98% ownership of the Far Eastern Energy Company.[3][4] Siberian Generation Company, part of SUEK, is managing the asset.

The nine-unit, 1,467-MW, mine-to-mouth Primorsky GRES power station (also referred to as the Luchegorsky Fuel & Energy Complex (LuTEK)) was built between 1974 and 1990. The plant is the largest in Russia's Far East, and its 330-meter Stack 3 is tied for the 14th tallest in the world.[2]

In 2021, the plant generated 5,210 million kWh of electricity, in 2020 generation was 4,857 million kWh.[5] In 2022, generation increased by 7% to 5,600 million kWh, driven by growth in demand from the industrial and residential sectors influenced also by a colder winter and emergency repairs conducted at two other power plants.[6][7]

Modernization to increase generation

In 2021, SUEK announced plans for a large-scale modernization of the Primorsky power station, which would entail extensive repairs on all 9 of the station's power units. Work was scheduled to take place between April 2022 and April 2024. SUEK expected the modernization to "significantly increase the power generation capacity" of the power station, but did not provide a specific estimate.[8][9]

In April 2021, modernization started at Unit 1; and in April, at Unit 6. This modernization was planned with a goal for the existing units to reach their projected capacities, since they have not been producing sufficient output (in some cases, for more than a decade) due to being outdated.[10]

The modernization project was approved by Glavgosekspertiza in 2022, stating that it will allow the plant to increase its operating hours from the current 4,000h per year to 6,500h per year. [11]

In its 2022 report on the plant, Siberian Generation Company reported that a major overhaul of turbine unit 4 was completed. Other major works included replacement of worn metal of wet ash collectors, gas intake shafts, dust systems, hot and and cold air systems and internal/external gas ducts. The cost of modernization amounted to RUB 5.2 bn.[7] The report also mentioned planned increase in generation by 70% following the completion of the modernization program.[7](this is roughly consistent with the increase in working hours mentioned above).

In April 2023, Siberian Generation Company reported that modernization started on the largest unit 9, expected to take place over 8 months.[12]

Plant Details

  • Owner: Primorskaya GRES LLC
  • Parent company: SUEK
  • Location: Luchegorsk city, Pozharsky district, Primorsky territory, Russia
  • Coordinates: 46.46517, 134.29063 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 1,467 MW
    • Unit 1: 110MW
    • Unit 2:110MW
    • Unit 3: 96MW
    • Unit 4: 96MW
    • Unit 5: 210MW
    • Unit 6: 210 MW
    • Unit 7: 210 MW
    • Unit 8: 210 MW
    • Unit 9: 215 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: Unit 1: 1974; Unit 2: 1975; Unit 3: 1975; Unit 4: 1977; Unit 5: 1979; Unit 6: 1980; Unit 7: 1982; Unit 8: 1983; Unit 9: 1990
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source: Luchegorsky coal mine
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Sibgenco. "ПРИМОРСКАЯ ГРЭС". Retrieved November 2022 via the Wayback Machine. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Приморская ГРЭС, Wikipedia (Russian), accessed June 2018.
  3. Акционеры ПАО «ДЭК» обменялись активами, RusHydro, Jun. 5, 2020
  4. Russian coal magnate expands power business with Rushydro asset swap, Reuters, Sep. 26, 2019
  5. "Производственные итоги 2021 года: выработка электроэнергии и тепла растет". January 2022. Retrieved November 2022. {{cite web}}: Check date values in: |access-date= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. "Приморская ГРЭС представила отчет по результатам работы в 2022 году Источник:". December 2022. {{cite web}}: line feed character in |title= at position 68 (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Итоги работы Приморской ГРЭС СГК в 2022 году" (PDF). December 2022. {{cite web}}: line feed character in |title= at position 13 (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. Приморская ГРЭС пройдет серьезную модернизацию, Primagazeta, Sep. 15, 2021
  9. Ожидания VS реальность. Руководители филиалов СГК подвели итоги уходящего года, SGK Online, Dec. 28, 2021
  10. "От одного гигаватта до сериала в ТикТок и обратно: как обновилась Приморская ГРЭС". Dec 20, 2021. Retrieved Jun 30, 2022.
  11. "Главгосэкспертиза одобрила проект модернизации Приморской ГРЭС". February 2023. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  12. "Приморская ГРЭС вывела в модернизацию самый мощный энергоблок". April 2023. {{cite web}}: External link in |website= (help)CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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