Yuzhno-Kuzbasskaya power station

From Global Energy Monitor

Yuzhno-Kuzbasskaya power station (Yuzhno-Kuzbasskaya is Russian for South Kuzbass) is a 554-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Kemerovo province, Russia.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is in Kaltan town, Kemerovo province.

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Background on Plant

The eight-unit, 554-MW coal-fired Yuzhno-Kuzbasskaya power station is owned by Mechel. The plant’s eight units were brought online between 1951 and 1956.[1][2][3] Although the turbine units have rated capacity of 590 MW, as of June 2021, the Mechel company website lists the plant as having only 554 MW of capacity.[4]

The Yuzhno-Kuzbasskaya power station is deeply unprofitable to operate: the plant has operated at a loss for 11 of the last 12 years. In 2020, the plant recorded a net loss of RUR 126 million.[5] In March 2021, four companies took PJSC Yuzhno-Kuzbasskaya GRES to arbitration court, aiming to force the power station into bankruptcy to force it to pay debts owed to the four companies.[6] The financial woes of the Yuzhno-Kuzbasskaya power station are part of a larger saga of financial trouble for Mechel, which some observers speculate will soon be forced into bankruptcy due to major outstanding debts that the company has no ability to pay.[7]

Environmental and safety violations

In September 2020 it was reported that an inspection of the plant found 84 violations of various laws, including a failure to examine boilers, high-pressure heaters, and steam pipelines that were near the end of their service life, and violations involving failures to repair electrical equipment.[8] Another inspection in February 2021 found that the lining of boiler unit 5 was severely malfunctioning and operating under excessive pressure. The inspection stated that this gross violations of safety protocol posed an immediate threat to the life and health of workers. As a result of the inspection, a court ordered that the boiler suspend operations for 30 days.[9]

Plant Details

  • Sponsor: Yuzhno-Kuzbasskaya GRES
  • Parent company: Mechel
  • Location: Kaltan town, Kemerovo province, Russia
  • Coordinates: 53.511626, 87.264498 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 554 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 1951-56
  • Coal type: Bituminous
  • Coal source: Kuznetsk Coal
  • Source of financing:

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