Uong Bi power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Uông Bí power station is a 735-megawatt (MW) coal plant in Quảng Ninh province, Vietnam.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is in Uông Bí township, Quảng Ninh province.

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The two units Uông Bí-1 coal power plant are 50 MW and 55 MW and were commissioned in 1975 and 1976, according to GreenID.[1] According to Global Energy Observatory the sizes are 2 x 55 MW and the commissioning date was 1978.[2]


On Jan. 12, 2020, there was an explosion at Unit 7 that occurred after a break in its boiler tube.[3]

In June 2021, a worker at the Uong Bi power station was killed when slag fell onto his head.[4]

Description of Expansion

Vietnam's 2000-2010 national energy plan called for a two-stage expansion to Uông Bí, with a first 300-MW coal-fired unit to be completed in 2005, and a second 300-MW unit in 2008.[5] According to GreenID, the units were commissioned in 2007 and 2013 respectively.[1]

In 2001, Electricity of Vietnam (EVN) began work on the first 300-MW, $305 million unit of Uông Bí-2, signing a construction contract with Vietnam Machinery Installation Corp.[6] The first unit was completed in December 2006, but suffered from a breakdown soon thereafter; after repairs, the unit went back online in May 2009.[2][7]

In May 2008, EVN broke ground on the second unit of Uông Bí-2, upgraded to 330 MW, with Chengda Engineering serving as general contractor; the completion date was projected for June 2011.[8][9] Archival photography on Google Earth shows that Unit 8 was completed in 2014.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Electricity of Vietnam
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Uông Bí township, Quảng Ninh province, Vietnam
  • Coordinates: 21.03906, 106.78555 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross Capacity: 735 MW (Units 5: 50 MW; Unit 6: 55 MW; Unit 7: 300 MW; Unit 8: 330 MW)
  • Type:
  • Projected in service: Unit 7: 2007; Unit 8: 2014
  • Coal Type: Anthracite
  • Coal Source: Quảng Ninh province
  • Source of financing: US$284 million in equity from Electricity of Vietnam[10]

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 GreenID, June 2017
  2. 2.0 2.1 Uong Bi Coal Power Plant Vietnam, Global Energy Observatory website, accessed Jan. 2014
  3. Nổ lớn ở Nhiệt điện Uông Bí: Có thể do trộn than nội địa với nhập khẩu, tuoitre.vn, Jan. 13, 2020
  4. Quảng Ninh: Tai nạn lao động tại Nhà máy nhiệt điện Uông Bí khiến 1 công nhân tử vong, Phap Luat Plus, June 5, 2021
  5. International Business Publications. Doing Business and Investing in Vietnam Guide: Vol. 1: Strategic and Practical Information. Washington: Global Investment Center, 2013 (updated), pp 209-10.
  6. EVN Invests $305m to Expand Power Plant, China Promotion Ltd website, Oct. 8, 2001.
  7. Uong Bi Thermal Power Plant Goes Online, Sai Gon Giai Phong, May 22, 2009.
  8. Project News: Phase II Expansion Project of 1*330 MW Thermal Power Plant, Uong Bi Vietnam, Chengda Engineering website, accessed Jan. 2014.
  9. Uong Bi Thermoelectric Plan Expanded, Vietmaz, May 24, 2008.
  10. "Vietnam starts power plant expansion | News | IJGlobal". ijglobal.com. Retrieved 2020-12-17.

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