Benxi Cogen power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-Chinacoal}}Benxi Cogen power station (国家电投本溪热电分公司) is a 700-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Liaoning Province, China.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant in Benxi Prefecture, Liaoning Province.

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Background on Project

As of 2014 CPI Northeast Power Co of CPI was planning to build a two-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 700 MW in Liaoning Province. The plant is scheduled to be completed in 2015.[1][2]

The plant received environmental clearance in March 2014,[3] and then began construction.[4]

Project suspended, then revived

July 2017: Plant postponed by government

In July 2017 China's National Energy Administration (NEA) postponed or halted 185 coal-burning units across 21 provinces, totaling nearly 107 gigawatts (GW). 114 coal units totaling 65 GW are postponed for consideration until after the end of the 13th 5-year plan, in 2020. In addition, 71 coal units totaling nearly 42 GW were halted indefinitely for regulation violations. NEA said its goal is to eventually suspend or halt 150 GW of coal capacity during the 13th 5-year plan (2016-2020).[5]

Benxi Cogen power station Units 1-2 are among the postponed coal-burning units.[5]

September 2017: Suspension lifted

After political negotiations, China's National Energy Administration (NEA) released an updated list of postponed and halted coal projects on September 26, 2017. The new list contained 151 units totaling 95 gigawatts (GW). Benxi Cogen power station was no longer on the list, suggesting the plant is not suspended.[6]

For more information, see China's 2016/2017 Restrictions on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity.

Construction resumes

In November 2017 it was reported that the power station was planned for operation by end-2017.[7]

Unit 1 was commissioned in June 2018.[8] Unit 2 was commissioned in July 2018.[9]


In July 2015, China Power Investment Corporation (CPI) and State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation (SNPTC) merged to become State Power Investment Corporation (国家电力投资集团), one of the five largest state-owned electricity producers in the People's Republic of China.[10]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: SPIC Northeast Electric Power Co, Ltd.
  • Parent company: State Power Investment Corporation
  • Location: Hedi Village, Gaotaizi Town, Mingshan, Benxi Prefecture, Liaoning Province, China
  • Coordinates: 41.347103, 123.813289 (exact)
  • Status: Operating
  • Gross capacity: 700 MW (Units 1 & 2: 350 MW)
  • Type: Supercritical
  • Start year: 2018
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