Tianyuan Manganese power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Tianyuan Manganese power station (天元锰业自备热电厂) is a 700-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.


The map below shows the proposed location for the plant in Zhongning County.

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Background on Project

Ningxia Tianyuan Manganese Co. has proposed a 2 x 350 MW captive coal plant in the New Material Circular Economy District. It was permitted in 2015.[1] It is under construction.[2]

July 2017: Plant postponed by government

In July 2017 China's 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.[3]

Tianyuan Manganese power station Units 1-2 are among the postponed coal-burning units,[3] and also appeared on an updated list of postponed projects released in September 2017.[4]

For more information, see China's 2016/2017 Restrictions on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity.

March 2018: Continued construction

Satellite photographs from July 2017 and March 2018 show substantial construction during the period.

2022: Unit commissioned

One unit was commissioned on January 3, 2022.[5]

The other was connected to the grid in August 2022,[6] and reportedly began operating earlier that summer based on the company's website.[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Ningxia Tianyuan Manganese Co
  • Parent company:
  • Location: District of New Material Circular Economy, Zhongning County, Wuzhong prefecture, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China
  • Coordinates: 37.62385, 105.73418 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 700 MW (Units 1 & 2: 350 MW)
  • Type: Supercritical
  • In service: 2022
  • Coal type:
  • Coal source:
  • Source of financing:

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