Qiaotou power station

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Qiaotou power station (青海桥头铝电公司) is a 270-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Qinghai Province, China. The 270 MW coal plant is also known as "Qinghai Ningbei Aluminum Power Station".[1][2]

An additional 1,980 MW is proposed.

Location

The map below shows the locations of the Qiaotou-1 and Qiaotou-2, near Qiaotou Town (Qiaotouzhen), Datong Hui and Tu Autonomous County, Xining Prefecture, Qinghai Province. The two cooling towers on the google map belong to Qinghai Datong power station, Units 1&2.

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Background on Plant

Qinghai Qiaotou Power Station is majority-owned by Qinghai Provincial Investment Group. It consists of two power stations, also known as campuses: Qiaotou-1 and Qiaotou-2.

Qiaotou-1 power station

The old campus was originally built in 1956 with four phases of eight units: 2x6MM (phase I), 2x12MW (phase II), 2x25MW (phase III), 2x50MW (phase IV). All four phases have been shut down and replaced by 2x135MW units (known as units 7-8), completed in 2007.[3]

A plan to build 2x350MW units was given up to a new 3*660MW proposal, which became part of Qiaotou-2 power station.[4][5]

Qiaotou-2 power station

The second campus was built in 1994-2004, and consisted of three more phases with five units (currently Units 1-5): 2x125MW (phase V), 2x125MW (phase VI),1x125MW (phase VII). The company retired all five units in 2016. [6] They will be replaced by 3x660MW. The three new units (units 6-8) were permitted for construction in 2015 and are planned for operation in 2018.[7][8][9][10]

Units 6-7 began construction in 2016.[11] Construction of unit 8 has been suspended to after 2020 (more below).[12]

Suspension

In 2016 China's National Energy Administration (NEA) released guidelines for regulating coal power development to crack down on the severe and growing coal power overcapacity crisis. Qinghai was among the provinces declared a "red light" that should suspend new permitting of coal plants, as well as construction that began in 2016 or later. Construction of units 6-7 of Qiaotou-2 power station are likely suspended under the guidelines.

In January 2017 China's National Energy Administration suspended over 100 planned and under-construction coal power projects with a total capacity of over 100GW in 13 provinces, including one unit of Qiaotou power station. It is unclear when or if the projects will be revived.[13]

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

Project Details of Qiaotou-1

  • Sponsor: Qinghai Aluminium Co Ltd
  • Parent company: Qinghai Provincial Investment Group (89%), Qinghai Ningbei Electricity Generation Company (11%)
  • Location: Qiaotou Town (Qiaotouzhen), Datong Hui and Tu Autonomous County, Xining Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China
  • Coordinates: 36.90639,101.715099 (exact)
  • Status:
    • Units 1-6: Retired
    • Units 7-8: Operating
  • Gross capacity:
    • Units 7-8: 135 MW
  • Type: Subcritical
  • In service: 2007 (Units 7-8)
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Project Details of Qiaotou-2

  • Sponsor: Qinghai Aluminium Co Ltd
  • Parent company: Qinghai Provincial Investment Group (89%), Qinghai Ningbei Electricity Generation Company (11%)
  • Location: Qiaotou Town (Qiaotouzhen), Datong Hui and Tu Autonomous County, Xining Prefecture, Qinghai Province, China
  • Coordinates: 36.914661, 101.706243 (exact)
  • Status:
    • Units 1-5: Retired
    • Units 6-8: Shelved
  • Gross capacity:
    • Units 6-8: 660 MW each
  • Type: Ultra-supercritical (Units 6-8)
  • In service:
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