Weiqiao Zhanhua power station

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Weiqiao Zhanhua power station (魏桥集团沾化热电) is a 1,400-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Shandong Province, China.


The map below shows the plant in Binhaixiang, Zhanhua County.

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Background on Plant

Weiqiao Zhanhua power station is a 4 x 350 MW coal plant in Binhaixiang, Zhanhua County, developed by Shandong Weiqiao Group. Units 3-4 were commissioned in 2015,[1][2] and unit 2 in 2016, as shown in Google Earth. Unit 1 was the last unit developped.

Plant suspended

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.[3]

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.[4]

Weiqiao Zhanhua power station Units 1-4 were among the units told to stop operation and development by the province.[5]

Plant operates despite suspension

Planet satellite photos showed that by October 2019, the plant was operating again, including unit 1.

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 will be met with 180,000 workers losing their jobs at Shandong Weiqiao Group, and 80,000 at Xinfa Group.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Weiqiao Huihong New Material Co.
  • Parent company: Shandong Weiqiao Group
  • Location: Binhai Town, Zhanhua County, Binzhou prefecture, Shandong Province, China
  • Coordinates: 38.081082, 118.065610 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 1,400 MW (Units 1-4: 350 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 2015 (Units 3-4), 2016 (Unit 2)
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