Ulan Ude CHP-2 power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Ulan Ude CHP-2 power station (Улан-Удэ ТЭЦ-2, Улан-Удэнская ТЭЦ-2) is a proposed 230-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Buryatia Republic, Russia, at the site of the existing Ulan Ude TPP-2, a coal-fired heat generation station.


The undated satellite photo below shows the gas-fired Ulan Ude CHP-2 plant in Ulan-Ude (Ulaan Üde) city, Buryatia (Buryaad) Republic, where the new coal-fired units would be built.

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Background on Plant

Power and heat for the city of Ulan-Ude are currently supplied by the Ulan Ude CHP-1 power station, which began operation in 1936. That power station struggles to meet the city's demand. Construction of the coal-fired Ulan-Ude TPP-2 power station began during the Soviet era; the station came online in 1991, when it began supplying heat but not electricity to Ulan-Ude.[1] The government planned to continue work at Ulan-Ude TPP-2 with construction of power generating units, but those plans fell through when the USSR collapsed in 1991, and the plant remains unfinished. Since then, progress on the power generating units has languished. The original Soviet plans for the power station included 840 MW of electricity generation.[2]

Coal-fired units proposal

In November 2017 the government of Buryatia applied to the Russian government for permission to allocate funds for the construction of two 115-MW coal-fired units at Ulan-Ude CHPP-2.[3] In September 2019 the Eastern Economic Forum, the Far East Investment Promotion and Export Support Agency (ANO "IPA"), and the plant's sponsor TGC-14 signed a cooperation agreement to build the plant for an estimated 33 million rubles.[4] However, in 2020 it was reported that the construction project was still struggling to find funding.[5] As of January 2022, there is no indication that construction on power-generating units at Ulan-Ude CHPP-2 has begun.

In February 2022, new shareholders of the company visited the station and discussed plans for modernization and construction.[6] In May 2022, this proposal was again discussed at a meeting of the Far East Development Corporation in Moscow. It was mentioned that the previous budget proposed in 2018 was no longer sufficient for the project. It was reported that the representatives of JSC InfraVEB, a company preparing investment projects, were developing a financial model for the completion of the construction of CHPP-2.[7]

Gas-fired units proposal

In May 2022, also construction of the gas-fired units was discussed in light of current gasification projects in the region of Buryatia.[7]

Service interruptions in winter

The station, together with Ulan Ude CHP-1 power station, has been experiencing technical issues which often resulted in heating disruptions. In 2021, there were 354 complaints from customers related to heating disruption, and in 2022, 73.[8]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: TGC-14
  • Parent company: Russian Railways
  • Location: Ulan-Ude (Ulaan Üde) city, Buryatia (Buryaad) Republic, Russia
  • Coordinates: 51.774519, 107.705648 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (heat-generation); Announced (power-generation)
  • Gross capacity: 2 x 115 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service:
  • Coal type:
  • Coal source:
  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. Улан-Удэнская ТЭЦ-2, EnergyBase.ru, Accessed June 8, 2021
  2. The project for the construction of the long-suffering TPP-2 in Ulan-Ude was included in the development strategy of Buryatia until 2035, Neftegaz.ru, Mar. 4, 2019
  3. На ТЭЦ-1 в Улан-Удэ демонтируют турбину, Oct. 16, 2018
  4. [1], infopol.ru, Sep. 5, 2019
  5. Alexander Makarov, Cold black hell - the future of Ulan-Ude without CHP-2?, BABR, June 22, 2021
  6. "В Улан-Удэ приехали новые акционеры ТГК-14". infopol.ru. Feb 7, 2022. Retrieved Jun 13, 2022.
  7. 7.0 7.1 "В Улан-Удэ за четыре года подорожало строительство ТЭЦ-2". infpol.ru. May 18, 2022. Retrieved Jun 13, 2022.
  8. "Мэр Улан-Удэ: «Горожане вместе с нами достойно преодолели все испытания»". ulan.mk.ru. May 26, 2022. Retrieved Jun 13, 2022.

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