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EastRussia Bulletin: Returned to Amur Region on the idea of thermal power plants for exporting electricity to China
The discussion on the configuration of the project of the Yerkovetskaya TPP in the Amur Region, which was supposed to be built for the export of electricity to China, has again begun, according to the next published issue of the EastRussia newsletter.
According to the initial plans, a 4 GW TPP was supposed to operate on coal from the Yerkovetsky brown coal deposit (it was planned to produce 35 million tons of coal per year), however, in the spring of this year, Inter RAO PJSC announced its intention to revise the project by switching the station to gas from the export pipeline “Power of Siberia”, as well as reducing the design capacity to 1 GW.
Initially, the project cost was estimated at 20-25 billion US dollars, taking into account the construction of a high-voltage export power line and the organization of coal mining. Switching to gas should make the construction of thermal power plants less costly, since connecting to a gas pipeline is cheaper to develop a coal mine, which, in addition, requires the use of technologies that reduce the negative impact on the environment. The cost of building a gas power plant, according to preliminary estimates, could be 80 billion rubles (with a capacity of 1 GW), and the construction of a coal-fired thermal power plant - 110-130 billion rubles (excluding the cost of a coal mine).
The project, which has been discussed since 2009, was frozen in 2015 due to the fact that the parties (Inter RAO and the State Electric Grid Company of China) were unable to reach an agreement on the cost of electricity. There were also problems with identifying potential consumers. Returning again to the discussion of the project in 2020, Inter RAO estimates not only its export potential, but also the prospects for the sale of electricity in the domestic market.
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