Ryazanskaya GRES power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Ryazanskaya GRES power station is a 3,070-megawatt (MW) coal- and gas-fired power plant in Ryazan province, Russia. Of this total 1,230 MW is coal-fired generation, and the rest is powered by natural gas.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is near Novomichurinsk city, Pronsky district, Ryazan province.

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Background on Plant

Ryazanskaya GRES power station is a 3,070-MW power plant in Novomichurinsk, a company town for the plant. Ryazanskaya's primary fuelstocks are lignite coal and natural gas, with fuel oil as a backup; the plant's first four units, totaling 1,230 MW current capacity, run on lignite coal, and the two 800-MW Units 5 and 6 and 420-MW Unit 7 run on natural gas (Units 5 and 6 were converted from coal in 1984). The first four units were built in 1973-74, Units 5 and 6 in 1974-81, and Unit 7 in 2010. The plant is currently owned by the Wholesale Generation Company No. 2 of the Electricity Market (OGK-2), which is majority-owned by Gazprom (it was previously owned by OGK-6, which was consolidated with OGK-2 in 2011).[1][2][3]

In March 2018 Ryazan Governor Nikolai Lyubimov announced that half of the plant's units would be retired in 2021, specifically the units that provide heat to Novomichurinsk.[4]

Description of Expansion

The RAO UES 2006-10 five-year plan (from before the restructuring of RAO UES), which RAO management approved in January 2007, lists as a long-term project the addition of a seventh 330-MW coal-fired unit at Ryazanskaya, with a completion date of 2010.[5] After the restructuring, OGK-6 apparently decided to build a gas-fired unit instead: the construction on the 330-MW, gas-fired Unit 7 (also referred to as Ryazanskaya GRES-24) began in 2008, and the unit was brought online in 2010. There is no mention of a future coal-fired unit at Ryazanskaya in OGK-2's 2011 annual report.[6][7]

Unit 2 of the plant was apparently retrofitted, with completion in 2014; it is possible that sources have mistaken this retrofitting for a new coal-fired unit.

Details for Coal-Fired Units

  • Sponsor: Wholesale Generation Company No. 2 of the Electricity Market (OGK-2)
  • Parent company: Gazprom
  • Location: Novomichurinsk city, Pronsky district, Ryazan province, Russia
  • Coordinates: 54.034, 39.78 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 1,230 MW (Units 1, 3, & 4: 300 MW; Unit 2: 330 MW)
  • Type: Supercritical
  • In service: 1973-74
  • Coal type: Lignite
  • Coal source:
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Project Details for Unit 7 Expansion

  • Sponsor: Gazprom
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross Capacity: 330 MW
  • Type:
  • Projected in service: N/A
  • Coal Type: Lignite
  • Coal Source:
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