Coal-Fired Plants Elsewhere
Location: Bangladesh
Operator: Bangladesh Power Development Board
Configuration: 2 X 125 MW
Operation: 2006
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: Shanghai
T/G supplier: Shanghai
EPC: East China Electric Power Design Institute, Shenzhen Energy Engineering Corp, Shanghai Electric Group, CMEC
Quick facts: In Feb 1998, the Prime Minister laid the cornerstone for these units at Barapukuria, Dinajpur district. These were the country's first coal-fired sets. Feasibility studies for the integrated coal mine and power plant scheme began in 1991 and, early in 1994, China agreed to provide technical and economic assistance for the $360mn development. After the cornerstone ceremony, the plant was then delayed for over two years by disagreements over the selection of consultants to assist in project management. Active construction did not get underway until Feb 2002, at which time BPDB made the first installment payment on the $220mn plant component. Even so, final Cabinet-level approval was not received until Jul 2002 and it then took four years to finish the plant with the first unit synchronized in Nov 2005. Power is supplied to Bogra, Rangpur, and Saidpur via 230- and 132kV transmission lines.

Photograph courtesy of Shanghai Electric Group Co Ltd
Posted 7 Nov 2012

Location: Laos
Operator: Hongsa Power Co Ltd
Configuration: 3 X 626 MW
Operation: 2015
Fuel: lignite
Boiler supplier: Harbin
T/G supplier: Harbin
EPC: Northeast Electric Power Design Institute, China National Electric Equipment Corp
Quick facts: This TPP has a long development histroy. The site is in Xayaboury province about 15km from the Thai border. Active development started in Jan 1994 when the Nganthavee Group set up the Thai-Laos Power Co to build the plant. Shortly thereafter, preliminary exploratory results were released by Thai-Laos Lignite Co, an affiliate Chin Tek Brothers Group. In Apr 1996, EGAT and Thai-Lao Lignite Co settled on a 25yr PPA at 5.7 cents/kWh. There matters rested until Nov 2009 when HPC signed a concession agreement with the GOL whereby 1,473 GWh of electricity will be sold to EGAT at the Thai-Lao border for 25yrs and the remainder will be consumed locally. The EPC contract was signed on 24 Dec 2009 and the cornerstone was laid on 18 Nov 2011. Coal burn is an estimated at 14.3mn tpy of lignite with local reserves now estimated at about 440mn tons. Current project shareholders are Banpu Power Co Ltd, Ratchaburi Electricity Generating Holding PCL, and Lao Holding State Enterprise. Photo is from May 2013 at about 50% completion.

Photograph courtesy of Hongsa Power Co Ltd
Posted 19 Jun 2013

Location: Myanmar
Operator: Than Phyo Thu Mining Co
Configuration: 1 X 8 MW
Operation: 2012
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: ??
T/G supplier: ??
Quick facts: This small coal-fired power station in Tanintharyi Division is at the southernmost point in Myanmar, 800km southeast of Rangoon. Local authorities permissioned the project in mid-2011. Fuel is supplied from the Bokpyin Township coal mine in Kawthaung District and plant water needs are met from the Pachan River, near the Thailand-Burma border. Than Phyo Thu Mining is involved in alluvial tin and tungsten exploration in the area.

Photograph courtesy of
Posted 11 Mar 2012

Location: Sri Lanka
Operator: Ceylon Electricity Board
Configuration: 1 X 300
Operation: 2011
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: Harbin
T/G supplier: Harbin
EPC: CMEC, Henan No 1 Thermal Power Co
Quick facts: In Mar 2006, CEB signed a contract with China National Machinery Import & Export Corp for the construction of this coal-fired power plant at Norachcholai, Puttalam, on the west coast 60km north of Colombo. A $455mn Chinese government loan was granted to the Government of Sri Lanka through the Export-Import Bank of China. In Apr 2007, Poyry was awarded a €7mn contract to be owner's engineer and the official construction start was in August 2007. The unit began commissioning in Nov 2010 and went commercial in Mar 2011 burning imported low-sulfur coal. Power is evacuated via a 120km, 220kV transmission line to Veyangoda. In Mar 2010, President Mahinda Rajapaks inaugurated construction on the second 300-MW set.

Photograph courtesy of
Re-posted 10 Mar 2012

Orot Rabin
Location: Israel
Operator: Israel Electric Corp
Configuration: 4 X 375 MW, 2 X 575 MW
Operation: 1981-1996
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: B&W, ABB
T/G supplier: GE, MAN
Quick facts: The Rabin plant has a dedicated coal unloading jetty that extends 2.5km into the sea, allowing bulk carriers of up to 190,000t to supply about 6mn tpy of coal. The 300m stack for Units 5&6 is the tallest structure in Israel.

Photograph courtesy of Israel Electric Corp
Posted 29 Sep 2005

Location: Croatia
Operator: Hrvatska Elektroprivreda dd
Configuration: 1 X125 MW, 1 X 210 MW
Operation: 1970-2000
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: Sulzer
T/G supplier: Zamech, Jugo, Koncar
EPC: Austrian Energy and Environment, Siemens, Duro Dakovic
Quick facts: The site is on the Istrian Coast. Construction on Unit-2 proceeded from 1985 to 1992, when it was stopped by regional conflicts. In Dec 1996, HEP and RWE Energie formed a 50:50 joint venture TE Plomin doo to complete construction. The new unit was synchronized in Sep 1999. The design fuel was high-sulfur hard coal from the nearby Rasa mine, but HEP now uses 100% imported coal for both Plomin units. The stack is 340m high, the tallest structure in Croatia.

Photograph by Andrejj (wikipedia)
Posted 16 Sep 2006

Rio Turbio
Location: Argentina
Operator: Yacimientos Carboniferos Rio Turbio
Configuration: 2 X 120 MW
Operation: 2015
Fuel: bituminous coal
Boiler supplier: Foster Wheeler
T/G supplier: Siemens
EPC: Isolux, Ghesa, Tecna
Quick facts: In Nov 2004, Argentina and the Czech Republic signed an agreement to build a 35-MW coal-fired unit at the YCRT Rio Turbio mine in Santa Cruz. The Czech Export Bank agreed to finance the $36mn project with the loan to be paid back over 15yrs once the project was completed. This project did not advance as planned, however it was followed by a proposal for a 240-MW plant instead. In Aug 2008, two CFB boilers were ordered. The $350mn plant will supply local industrial requirements and three nearby cities including the tourist town of El Calafate. Annual coal burn is expected to be 1.2mn tpy and a small amount of refuse is also planned for use as fuel. Rio Turbio has a 220kV switchyard.

Photograph courtesy of Ministerio de Planificación Federal
Posted 25 Mar 2015

Location: Israel
Operator: Israel Electric Corp
Configuration: 4 X 575 MW
Operation: 1989-2001
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: CE, B&W
T/G supplier: GEC-Alstom, ABB

Photograph courtesy of Israel Electric Corp
Posted 19 Feb 2002

Sihanoukville Stung Hav
Location: Cambodia
Operator: Cambodian Energy Ltd
Configuration: 2 X 60 MW
Operation: 2014
Fuel: coal
Boiler supplier: Wuxi
T/G supplier: Dongfang
EPC: China Huadian Engineering Co Ltd, Shanghai Power Erection No 1 Co, Poyry
Quick facts: In 2009, CHEC was awarded a turnkey contract for this project by CEL, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Leader Universal Holdings Bhd. The budget was about $170mn. Work started on 29 Nov 2010 and the plant completed on 8 Jan 2014, the first full-size coal-fired power plant in the country.

Photograph courtesy of China Huadian Engineering
Posted 18 Jan 2014

Syrian Cement Factory
Location: Syria
Operator: Syrian Cement Co
Configuration: 2 X 30 MW
Fuel: bituminous coal
Operation: 2010
Boiler supplier: ??
T/G supplier: Nanjing
EPC: Shanghai Gul Tech Engineering Co Ltd, National Network International Ltd, Hubei Hongyuan Power Engineering Co Ltd, Hubei Electric Power Construction Engineering
Quick facts: This captive plant commissioned in Oct 2010. The 130ha factory site is 160km northeast of Aleppo.

Photograph courtesy of Hubei Hongyuan Power Engineering Co Ltd
Posted 10 Jan 2015


Data: industcards, Platts UDI World Electric Power Plants Data Base

Updated 25-Mar-2015