Sakhalin GRES-2 power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Sakhalin GRES-2 power station is a 120-megawatt (MW) proposed coal-fired power plant in Sakhalin province, Russia. A further 240 MW was proposed but cancelled.


The map below shows the location of the project, according to Wikimapia, near the village of Ilyinskoye, Tomarinsky district, Sakhalin province.[1]

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Background on Plant

The firm Sakhalinenergo — a subsidiary of RAO Energy System of East, which is itself a subsidiary of RusHydro — is currently engaged in a project to build a 360-MW coal-fired power plant 5 km from the village of Ilyinskoye, on the southwest coast of Sakhalin. The plant is planned to replace the aging Sakhalin GRES-1 power station — a separate, 252-MW coal-fired power plant, also owned by Sakhalinenergo, which is located on the east coast of Sakhalin, about 120 km to the northeast.[2][3][4][5]

The first of the three phases of Sakhalin GRES-2, totaling 120-MW, was originally planned to begin construction in mid-2014 and be completed in 2016. Ownership of the plant will be transferred to a new RusHydro subsidiary, JSC Sakhalin GRES-2, at some future date. It is unclear when the other two phases would be built.[2][6]

Construction on Phase 1 began in March 2015, with Mosenergo as the construction contractor.[7][8] The plant's chimney was completed in July 2016.[9]

As of August 2016, completion was scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017,[10] later pushed to 2018.[11] As of March 2018, construction on Phase 1 was 70% complete, and completion was scheduled for the end of 2018.[12] In October 2018 RusHydro announced that the plant would be finished in 2019.[13] In November 2019 the two 60-MW units were commissioned.[14]

In 2021, an assessment of the construction process of Sakhalin GRES-2 found that state customers had "overpayed" for the project by RUR 18 billion. RusHydro was also forced to pay a penalty to the federal budget due to the three year delay in the station's completion, which amounted to 244 million rubles.[15]

As of June 2019 there has been no further news about Phase II or Phase III of the project and they appear to be cancelled.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Sakhalinenergo
  • Parent company: RusHydro
  • Location: Ilyinskoye village, Tomarinsky district, Sakhalin province, Russia
  • Coordinates: 48.053759, 142.187548 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (Units 1-2); Cancelled (Units 3-6)
  • Gross Capacity: 120 MW (2 x 60 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: Units 1-2: 2019
  • Coal Type: Lignite[7]
  • Coal Source: Solntsevsky coal complex, Sakhalin, Russia[2]
  • Source of financing: Sberbank[16]

Articles and resources


  1. Sakhalin TPP-2 (Construction site), Wikimapia, accessed July 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Сахалинскую ГРЭС-2 будут строить в Томаринском районе, SakhalinMedia, Mar. 4, 2013.
  3. RusHydro 2012 Annual Report, pp. 12-15.
  4. RusHydro Earmarks RUB 360.868 bln for 2014-2018 Investment Program, Peretok, Feb. 24, 2014.
  5. Сахалинская ГРЭС-2, Wikipedia (Russian), accessed June 2018.
  6. Ж/д ветка свяжет Сахалинскую ГРЭС-2 и действующую железную дорогу, SakhalinMedia, Nov. 15, 2013.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Строительство Сахалинской ГРЭС-2, 2 Mar. 2015.
  8. Окончание строительства Сахалинской ГРЭС-2 могут сдвинуть на год, Interfax, 22 Dec. 2014.
  9. На Сахалинской ГРЭС-2 завершили возведение ствола дымовой трубы, RusHydro press release, 11 July 2016.
  10. Строительство Сахалинской ГРЭС-2 планируют завершить к концу 2017 года, RIA Novosti, 12 Aug. 2016.
  11. "Первые холостые испытания СахГРЭС-2 перенесены на начало 2018 года," Sakhalin Indo, Oct 6, 2017
  12. К запуску готовится Сахалинская ГРЭС-2, Общественное телевидение России, 5 Mar. 2018.
  13. Русгидро не переносит пуски с Сахалинской ГРЭС-2 и Совгаванской ТЭЦ,, Oct. 18, 2018
  14. Сахалинскую ГРЭС-2 ввели в эксплуатацию,, Nov. 25, 2019
  15. Long and expensive: the Accounts Chamber assessed the construction of the Sakhalin GRES-2,, Apr. 20, 2021
  16. RusHydro, Sberbank Sign Banking Services Agreement for Power Plant Construction, Highbeam Business, Mar. 27, 2013.

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