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Jingxi Xinfa Aluminum power station

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Jingxi Xinfa Aluminum power station (广西信发铝电自备电厂) is a 465-megawatt (MW) coal-fired captive plant for the Shandong Xinfa Aluminum smelter in Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China.

It is being expanded by 720 MW.

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the power station in Quyang Town.

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Background on Plant

In 2008 Shandong Xinfa Aluminum and Electricity Group was listed as China's fourth-largest aluminum maker. The original coal plant is 3 x 155 MW, supporting aluminum production capacity of 560,000 metric tons.[1][2]

Expansion

The coal plant is being expanded by two 360 MW supercritical units. Unit 4 began operation in August 2014. Construction on Unit 5 was stopped by MEPC in August 2015 for not having a permit.[3][4]

The violent conflict with local residents

In July 11, 2010, plant owner Guangxi Xinfa Aluminum Co organized 300 people armed with water pipes and wooden sticks to attack residents in a nearby village, Lingwantun, because they believed the villagers tried to stop the company from building a new road through their village. In early July 2011, a flood submerged Lingwantun village. More than one thousand villagers were living in tents at the time. The villagers argued the company's bauxite mining blocked the underground water path, causing their homes to be flooded. They were afraid the company's road construction would worsen the flood.[5]

The local villagers have long said the aluminum smelter is polluting their drinking water. The attack by the company ignited the anger that had accumulated since the company was founded. The villagers fought back with home-made metal bombs, petrol bombs and stones. Several thousand villagers from surrounding villages came to help and gathered at the company's campuses, damaging some facilities. The local government dispatched Armed Police to protect the company. Several villagers were arrested. [6]

Violation of Environmental Regulations

In March 2015, MEPC Southern Supervision Center and Autonomous Region Environmental Protection Bureau stopped the coal plant for a month, and fined the company ¥120,000 (US$17,600), due to starting operation before installing environmental protection facilities, improperly treating wastewater emissions, and for exceeding the legal limit of nitrogen oxide emissions.[7]

Project Details for Expansion

  • Sponsor: Guangxi Xinfa Aluminum
  • Parent company: Shandong Xinfa Group
  • Location: Quyang Town, Jingxi County, Baise Prefecture, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China
  • Coordinates: 23.267699, 106.385389 (exact)
  • Status: Operating (Unit 4), Shelved (Unit 5)
  • Gross capacity: 720 MW (Units 4-5: 360 MW)
  • Type: Supercritical
  • Projected in service: 2014 (Unit 4)
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