Weiqiao Zouping-7 power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Weiqiao Zouping-7 power station (魏桥集团邹平七电一期), also known as Weiqiao Changshan 7 power station, is a 2,640-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Shandong Province, China.


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

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Background on Plant

Weiqiao Zouping-7 power station is a 2,640 MW coal plant at Binzhou prefecture, owned by Shandong Weiqiao Group. Units 1-2 began operating in 2012, units 3-4 in 2013, and units 5-8 in 2014.[1][2][3]

2015: Pollution violations

In 2015 Shandong Weiqiao Group was found to be violating emissions limits at the plant.[4]

Shandong Weiqiao Group found to have built 45 coal-fired units without necessary permits

In August and September 2017, China's central government Environmental Protection Inspection Group 3 (中央第三环境保护督察组) spent a month in Shandong Province, to inspect the province's environmental protection work. In its final inspection report, the Group found that Shandong Weiqiao Group illegally built 45 coal power units in Shandong since 2013.[5]

In May 2018, the Shandong Provincial government responded to the inspection report with a plan to address the wrongdoings. According to the province, 33 of Weiqiao's 45 illegal coal power plants had since completed the necessary procedures to receive environment clearance and continue operating; 12 of the plants did not complete any procedures and should stop construction and operation immediately. Among the 12 units, 4 units should stop construction, and 8 units should stop operation, although they are not named.[6]

Shandong Weiqiao Group says regulation will lead to widespread lay-offs

In April 2018, Shandong Weiqiao Group and Xinfa Group responded to reports the central government planned to regulate captive coal plants by saying the regulations would lead to widespread lay-offs. According to the companies, the regulations would result in 180,000 workers losing their jobs at the Shandong Weiqiao Group, and 80,000 at Xinfa Group.[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Weiqiao Textile Limited
  • Parent company: Shandong Weiqiao Group
  • Location: Changshan Town, Zouping County, Binzhou prefecture, Shandong Province, China
  • Coordinates: 36.896297, 117.860459 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 2,640 MW (Units 1-8: 330 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 2012 (Units 1-2), 2013 (Units 3-4), 2014 (Units 5-8)
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