Yili Yining power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Yili Yining power station (国投伊犁能源伊宁热电厂) is a 660-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Ili (Yili) Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture.

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Background on Yili Yining-1

The two existing coal-fired units of Yili Yining-1 power station, totaling 660 MW, were brought online between 2012 and 2013.[1]

Two more units of 700 MW total (2 x 350 MW) are proposed at Yili Yining-1.[2] But with no development since 2013, the expansion appears to be abandoned.

Yili Yining-2

Yili Yining-2 is a proposed coal plant at the same location. It would have a total planned capacity of 1,320 MW. The project feasibility report for a 2 x 660 MW plant was submitted in 2012.[3] But with no developments since 2012, Yili Yining-2 appears to be abandoned.


In May 2019, plant sponsor SDIC said it no longer planned to invest in new thermal power.[4] In December 2019, ChinaCoal bought SDIC's share in the coal plant.[5]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: SDIC Ili Energy Development Co.
  • Parent company: ChinaCoal (60%), Guoxin Hongsheng Investment Company (14%), ChinaCoal (12%), China Chengtong Holding Group (8%), National Energy Investment Group (6%)
  • Location: Nilka County, Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China
  • Coordinates: 43.926281, 81.221119 (exact)
  • Status:
    • Yili Yining-1, Units 1 & 2: Operating
    • Yili Yining-1, Units 3 & 4: Cancelled
    • Yili Yining-2: Cancelled
  • Gross capacity:
    • Yili Yining-1, Units 1 & 2: 660 MW (2 x 330 MW)
    • Yili Yining-1, Units 3 & 4: 700 MW (2 x 350 MW)
    • Yili Yining-2: 1,320 MW (Units 1&2: 660 MW)
  • Type:
  • Start year: 2012 (Yili Yining-1, Unit 1); 2013 (Yili Yining-1, Unit 2)
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