Cam Pha power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-Vietnamcoal}}The Cẩm Phả power station is a 680-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power station in Vietnam.

Location

The undated satellite photo below shows the plant, which is in Cửa Ông commune, Cẩm Phả district, Quảng Ninh province.

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Background

Initially conceptualized as a 260 MW plant,[1] the first phase was upgraded to comprise to a 600MW generating plant comprising two 300MW boilers. The project is owned by the Cẩm Phả Thermal-power Joint-Stock Company, with Vinacomin having a 51% interest.[2] Construction began in 2006, and was completed in Sept. 2011.[3]

The project is designed to use coal dust and slurry coal as fuel, with a news report stating that the first phase would consume approximately 1 million tons of coal per year from Cửa Ông Coal Company. The total cost of the first phase was estimated at US$349 million. The Haerbin Power Project Co. Ltd. from China was awarded a $265 million construction contract for part of the project. Electricity of Vietnam, a government owned electricity utility, has signed a contract to buy the Cẩm Phả plant's output for 25 years.[2]

In November 2016, a major fire caused serious damage to the plant. No injuries were reported.[4][5]

Description of Expansion and Opposition

In November 2015, it was reported that the company plans to add a third unit of 400 MW.[6] According to the 2016 Revised Power Development Plan VII, the expansion will be 2 x 220 MW.[7]

The November 2016 fire at the existing units may push plans for Phase III back, since Vinacomin must now repair those existing units.

Opposition

Local residents are reportedly not pleased with the prospect of a third phase at Cam Pha, due to the fact that "Mong Duong Ward is always covered in dust and smoke generated by the power plants" and that "Thousands of households in Cam Thinh Ward have lived in bad conditions for many years." According to Nguyen Trong Minh, chair of Cam Pha City People’s Council, the slag dumping ground in Cam Pha is full, causing Vinacomin to begin dumping in Van Don island district. “We breathe the seriously polluted air every day and we are surrounded by mining sites, thermal power plants and cement plants from all sides,” he said.[6]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: Vinacomin (Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Industries Group)
  • Parent company:
  • Location: Cửa Ông commune, Cẩm Phả district, Quảng Ninh province, Vietnam
  • Coordinates: 21.008172, 107.358091 (exact)
  • Status: Phases 1-2: Operating (2011), Phase 3: Pre-permit development (Planned with investor identified)
  • Gross Capacity: Phases 1 and 2: 680 MW (2 x 340 MW)[8]; Phase 3: 440 MW (2 x 220 MW)[7]
  • Type: Circulating fluidized bed (CFB)[8]
  • In service: Units 1 and 2: 2011[8]; Units 3 and 4: 2020[7]
  • Coal Type: anthracite, culm[8]
  • Coal Source: Cửa Ông Coal Company, Vietnam
  • Source of financing: China ExIm Bank supplied loans for 85% of the EPC contract value[8]

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References

  1. "Coal-Fired Plants Financed by International Public Investment Institutions Since 1994", Appendix to Foreclosing the Future: Coal, Climate and International Public Finance: Investment in coal-fired power plants hinders the fight against global warming, Environmental Defense, April 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Construction of Cam Pha Thermal-power Plant starts", April 17, 2006.
  3. Cam Pha Thermo Power Plant No 1&2 Officially Handed Over, Business Times, Sept. 17, 2011.
  4. Cháy lớn tại nhà máy nhiệt điện Cẩm Phả, Nguoi Lao Dong, 22 Nov. 2016.
  5. Nhà máy điện 500 triệu đô vẫn tê liệt sau sự cố, Bao Dat Viet, 11 Dec. 2016.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "Vinacomin plans to build another thermal power plant," VietnamNet, November 27, 2015
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 DANH MỤC CÁC DỰ ÁN NGUỒN ĐIỆN VÀO VẬN HÀNH GIAI ĐOẠN 2016 - 2030, Ban hành kèm theo Quyết định số 428/QĐ-TTg ngày 18 tháng 3 năm 2016 của Thủ tướng Chính phủ (LIST OF POWER PROJECT IN OPERATION PERIOD 2016 - 2030, Issued together with Decision No. 428 / QD - TTg of March 18, 2016 by the Prime Minister)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 "Coal-Fired Power Plants in Vietnam," Power Plants Around the World, accessed May 2016

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