Dafang power station

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Dafang power station (华电大方电厂) is a 1,200-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Guizhou Province, China.

A 1,320 MW expansion has been proposed.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station, near the town of Dafang, in Dafang County, Bijie Prefecture, Guizhou Province.

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Background on Project

The first four units of the coal-fired power station, totaling 1,200 MW, went into operation in 2006-2007. The four units are subcritical and 300 MW each.[1] It is part of the project "Electricity Transmission From West to East". The electricity is supplying Guangdong Grids.[2]

Proposed expansion

Two new 660 MW supercritical units at the power station have been proposed.[3] The new units are under environmental impact assessment, and planned for operation in 2017.[1]

Construction began on unit 5 in November 2015. Unit 6 is still seeking approval.[4]

While construction reportedly started on unit 5 in October 2015 - on the northeast side of the first 4 units, according to the permit document - a comparison of satellite images between February 2016 and April 2018 show there is no progress at the site. There is also no further news about its construction.

In February 2018, the Guizhou Development and Reform Commission (DRC) published a list of Key programs and Major Projects for the province's economic development in 2018, which will have priority for loans, land, and subsidies. There are five coal power projects on the list, not including Dafang power station Units 5-6. Therefore, any immediate plans for units 5-6 appear to be shelved.

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Guizhou Dafang Power company
  • Parent company: Huadian
  • Location: Dafang Town, Dafang County, Bijie Prefecture, Guizhou Province, China
  • Coordinates: 27.1006457, 105.5657641 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (Units 1-4), Shelved (Units 5-6)
  • Gross capacity: 2,520 MW (Units 1-4: 300 MW, Units 5-6: 660 MW)
  • Type: Subcritical (Units 1-4), Supercritical (Units 5-6)
  • Projected in service: 2006-2007 (Units 1-4)
  • Coal type: Anthracite
  • Coal source: Guizhou Dafang Coal Mining Area
  • Source of financing:

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