Guodian Dawukou power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-Chinacoal}}Guodian Dawukou power station (国电大武口电厂“上大压小”热电联产项目) is a 660-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.

An additional 700 MW has been proposed.


The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Shizuishan Prefecture, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.

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Background on Plant

The original power station consisted of four 110 MW coal-fired units, totaling 440 MW. In 2010 plant owner China Guodian added two coal-fired units, totaling 660 MW. The first four units were retired that year.[1][2]

Description of Expansion

Guodian planned to build two additional waste coal-fired units at this plant, with a total planned capacity of 700 MW. The environmental impact assessment was submitted in 2014.[3][4] The project was permitted in December 2015.[5]

2016: Nationwide Restrictions Imposed on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity

Due to new restrictions announced during 2016 by the National Energy Administration and the National Development and Reform Commission, further capacity expansions at this location may be on hold or cancelled. However, it appears that this plant may be exempted from those restrictions because of its use of residential CHP (combined heating and power) technology. For details, see China's 2016 Restrictions on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity.

2017: Expansion postponed by government

In July 2017, the NEA released the "Guideline of Supply-Side Reform of the Coal Power Bubble". The Guideline included a draft list which slowed down or halted 185 coal-burning units across 21 provinces, totaling 107 GW. 114 coal units (65 GW) are ordered to slow down the construction progress during 2017 to 2020, and are not allowed to connect to the grid in 2017. In addition, 71 coal units (42 GW) were halted indefinitely for regulation violations. The list partly overlapped with the projects listed in the January NEA letter to 13 provinces.[6]

Guodian Dawukou power station Units 7-8 are among the postponed coal-burning units,[6] and also appeared on an updated list of postponements released in September 2017.[7]

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


On August 28 2017, China's State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council (SASAC) announced that China Guodian Corporation and Shenhua Group will be jointly restructured. Shenhua Group will become China National Energy Investment Group and will absorb China Guodian Corporation. It will be the largest power company in the world by installed capacity, as well as the world's largest coal producer.[8][9] The merger was completed on November 28, 2017.[10]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: National Energy Investment Group (60%) Shizuishan Xinghan Municipal Industry Group (40%)
  • Location: Dawukou District, Shizuishan Prefecture, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China
  • Coordinates: 39.0355196, 106.3846493 (exact)
  • Status:
    • Units 1-4: Retired
    • Units 5-6: Operating
    • Units 7-8: Shelved (construction postponed by government policy in July 2017)
  • Gross capacity: Units 5-6: 2 x 330 MW; Units 7-8: 2 x 350 MW
  • Type: Subcritical (Units 5-6), Supercritical (Units 7-8)
  • Projected in service: 2010 (Units 5-6)
  • Coal type: Waste coal
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