Shenhua Golmud power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Shenhua Golmud power station (青海神华低碳能源投资公司发电项目) is a proposed 1,320-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Qinghai Province, China.


The map below shows the location where the plant would be built in Southeast of Golmud City, Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province.

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Background on Project

In 2011 Xining China Low-Carbon Industry Fund Investment Management and China Shenhua Energy announced plans for a 2 x 660 MW coal-fired power station in Golmud (Germu) City, with eventual plans for the plant to reach 4 x 660 MW.[1] In 2012 the feasibility report for a 2 x 660 MW power station was submitted.[2]

The power station received environmental clearance for construction in May 2015,[3] and was reported as under construction in July 2015. It is planned for operation in 2018.[4]

Nationwide Restrictions Imposed on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity

In January 2017 China's National Energy Administration suspended over 100 planned and under-construction coal power projects with a total capacity of over 100GW in 13 provinces, including Shenhua Golmud. It is unclear when or if the projects will be revived.[5]

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]

Shenhua Golmud 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.

2019: Plant likely cancelled

In August 2019 it was reported that Qinghai Province had halted operation at several coal plants for more than three months due to coal power over-capacity. The province said it was planning a series of reforms to reduce coal power capacity and increase power company profits. Based on this, it is unlikely that any coal plants currently under development in Qinghai will be commissioned in the near future, including Shenhua Golmud power station.[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.[9][10] The merger was completed on November 28, 2017.[11]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Qinghai Shenhua Low Carbon Energy Investment Co (青海神华低碳能源投资有限公司)
  • Parent company: Xining China Low-Carbon Industry Fund Investment Management (90%), National Energy Investment Group (10%)
  • Location: Golmud (Ge'ermu) City, Haixi Mongol and Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China
  • Coordinates: 36.3564,95.0369 (exact)
  • Status: Cancelled
  • Gross capacity: 1,320 MW (Units 1 & 2: 660 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Projected in service:
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Articles and resources


  1. "格尔木一火电项目启动," 青海法制报, 2011-11-29
  2. "青海神华电力格尔木一期火电工程顺利通过可研审查," 省政府办公厅, 2012-07-09
  3. "神华能源青海格尔木火电厂工程项目获得核准," 人民网, 2015-05-29
  4. "我市2015年第二批重点项目开工," 格尔木日报, 2015-07-13
  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. "10台机组9停运,青海火电怎么了(记者调查),", 2019年08月12日
  9. "Factbox: Shenhua and Guodian - China's latest state marriage". Reuters. 29 August 2017. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  10. "China Is Creating the World's Largest Power Company". Bloomberg News. 28 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
  11. "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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