Guodian Fangjiazhuang power station

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{{#badges:CoalSwarm|Navbar-Chinacoal}}Guodian Fangjiazhuang power station (国电浙能宁东发电公司方家庄电厂一期) is a 2,000-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant under development in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China.


The undated satellite photo below shows the plant in Majiatan Town.

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Background on Project

China Guodian (now National Energy Investment Group is currently planning to build a coal-fired power plant with a total planned capacity of 2,000 MW in Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region.[1]

In August 2014 Ningxia said it would speed up preparatory work on the power station.[2]

In 2015 the power station was reported as under construction. The first unit is scheduled for completion on November 30, 2017, and the second unit on March 30, 2018.[3][4]

Nationwide Restrictions Imposed on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity

In 2016 China's National Energy Administration issued "scale control" (coal-fired capacity limits) on particular "sending out" locations that feed ultra-high voltage (UHV) long-distance power lines, including Inner Mongolia (Xilingong), Inner Mongolia (Ordos), Shaanxi, Ningxia, and Xinjiang.[5]

As of January 2017, the affected area includes this power station, which may be scaled down as a result. For details, see China's 2016 Restrictions on Development of Coal-Fired Power Capacity.

2017: Plant 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 Fangjiazhuang power station Units 1-2 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.

2018: Plant appears substantially complete

Satellite photographs from Planet show that the project appeared to be substantially complete as of March 2018.

=2019: Unit 2 commissioned

Unit 2 was commissioned in July 2019. The plant has been designated an emergency back-up unit, and will be used on an emergency basis only for at least a year.[8]


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.[9][10] The merger was completed on November 28, 2017.[11]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: National Energy Investment Group (51%), Zhejiang Provincial Energy Group (49%)
  • Location: Majiatan Town, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, China (灵武市马家滩镇西三村)
  • Coordinates: 37.8376488, 106.6665009 (exact)
  • Status: Construction (Unit 1), Operating (Unit 2)
  • Gross capacity: 2,000 MW (2 x 1,000 MW)
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical
  • Start year: 2019
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