Tianchi Energy Zhundong Wucaiwan power station

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Tianchi Energy Zhundong Wucaiwan power station (大唐特变电工天池能源准东五彩湾北一电厂) is a 2,640-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Wucaiwan Town.

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Background on Project

Xinjiang Tianchi Energy Sources and China Datang have proposed a power station of four units of 660 MW for Changji city. The project feasibility report was submitted in 2013.[1][2]

The first two units are under construction.[3][4] Units 3-4 are permitted for construction.[5]

Nationwide Restrictions Imposed on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity

In 2016 China's National Energy Administration issued "scale control" (coal-fired capacity limits) on particular "sending out" locations that feed ultra-high voltage (UHV) long-distance power lines, including Inner Mongolia (Xilingong), Inner Mongolia (Ordos), Shaanxi, Ningxia, Shanxi, and Xinjiang.[6]

As of January 2017, the affected area includes this power station, which may be scaled down as a result.

For details, see China's 2016 Restrictions on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity.

Construction ongoing

Despite the scale control limits, construction continues to move forward for units 1-2,[7] and initial prep work for construction has begun on units 3-4.[8]

2019: Plant commissioned

Unit 1 was commissioned on June 24, 2019.[9] Unit 2 was commissioned on June 28, 2019.[10]

Unit 4 was commissioned in September 2019,[11] and unit 3 in October 2019.[12]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Xinjiang Tianchi Energy Sources & Datang Xinjiang
  • Parent company: TBEA & China Datang
  • Location: Wucaiwan Town, Jimsar County, Changji Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China
  • Coordinates: 44.8524482, 89.1959171 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 2,640 MW (Units 1-4: 660 MW)
  • Type: Supercritical
  • Start year: 2019
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