• First of four 1,000 MW coal-fired units come online at Shanghaimiao plant in Inner Mongolia

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      Patrick Lavery

      Combustion Industry News Editor

The first of four 1 GW coal-fired units at the Shanghaimiao power plant in Ordos, north-west Inner Mongolia, China, has come online, according to a report from Power magazine. The huge new power plant, located near coal reserves, is the largest currently under construction in China, and will help power an industrial region via long distance, ultra-high voltage transmission. While China has an aim to peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2060, until 2025 the country intends to add additional coal-fired capacity, seemingly locking in long-term high emissions from those sources, should they not replace less-efficient plants or not retrofit them with carbon capture and storage. Researchers at China’s State Grid Corp have suggested that as much as 150 GW of additional capacity could be added by 2025, and the International Energy Agency is predicting that this year could be a peak worldwide for power generation from coal.