1600 New Tech Coal Fired Power Plants Planned For Construction – Everywhere But Here

Posted on Tue 07/04/2017 by


By Anton Lang ~

Three days ago, The NYT ran an article about how China is constructing new coal fired power plants in many other Countries around the World, on top of all the new plants they have been constructing in their own Country. This is the link to that article.

Those new coal fired power plants are the new technology UltraSuperCritical (USC) High Efficiency Low Emissions (HELE) coal fired power plants. Those new tech coal fired plants burn less coal (a helluva lot less coal) per unit of generated electricity than any of the earlier technology plants, and over the nine years I have been contributing at this site, I have posted a number of articles about these new coal fired power plants, and I have also posted them at other sites as well, and this is the link to just one of those Posts from April of 2013. The image below shows the turbine/ generator room at one of those Chinese USC Power Plants, and you can view the image on a new and larger page by just clicking on that image.

Steam turbine/Generator Units at the ultra-supercritical Waigaoqiao No. 3 (Shanghai) (photo courtesy of IEA CCC)

China has now been constructing these new plants for almost ten years now, and, while other Countries have also constructed them as well, notably Germany, China is probably now the World leader in their construction, and those other Countries are now asking China to construct these plants in their own Countries.

One excerpt from that NYT article mentions this: (my bolding here)

Overall, 1,600 coal plants are planned or under construction in 62 countries, according to Urgewald’s tally, which uses data from the Global Coal Plant Tracker portal. The new plants would expand the world’s coal-fired power capacity by 43 percent.

And also this as well:

Of the world’s 20 biggest coal plant developers, 11 are Chinese, according to a database published by Urgewald. Overall, Chinese companies are behind 340,000 to 386,000 megawatts of planned coal power expansion worldwide, Urgewald estimated.

And then there’s this as well:

The fleet of new coal plants would make it virtually impossible to meet the goals set in the Paris climate accord, which aims to keep the increase in global temperatures from pre industrial levels below 3.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

It seems that while those already Developed Countries (including the U.S. and Australia, where I live) have politicians seeking green approval by blindly adhering to what may have been decided in Paris, all those Countries which are still developing couldn’t care less about it, and in the rush to bring REAL electrical power to their millions of people are just ignoring that Paris Accord, and seeking out someone who actually can build them the power plants they need, and that means China here, who is only too willing to help out.

Look closely at this image below. Note in the text above the image it mentions only 100 of those coal fired power plants. That is just the 100 of the most efficient of them, because China has almost a thousand units at around 500 individual power plants, and the U.S. has around 800 units at around 400 plants.

This could almost be viewed as a percentage of plants. Note how 90% of plants in China are those new technology USC coal fired plants and the other 10% are SuperCritical, one level of technology lower than USC. In the U.S. there is only ONE USC new technology power plant and 30% of them are SubCritical, three levels of technology lower than USC.

Of those plants in China, as one new large scale USC plant opens, (2000MW+ Nameplate) they shut down those old, almost ancient really, lower technology plants, all of them less than 100MW, and the vast percentage of those less than 10MW, almost to the stage where very few of those old tech plants remain inside China.

Now, other Countries are also seeking to construct these new tech power plants.

Where are those green supporters questioning this? It seems that they are only in Developed Countries like the U.S. and Australia, and it seems that is where their green voice is the loudest, as any calls to construct these new tech plants in our Countries is met with loud protest, enough to force politicians to not even consider their construction. Instead, we have to put up with those ancient technology plants, which instead of being replaced with new tech plants when they reach their use by dates, they just shut them down, as happened recently with the Hazelwood power plant in Victoria, which shut down after 53 years of operation, a lifetime that renewable power plant operators can only dream of as their renewable plants of choice, wind power and solar power are hard pressed to even manage 25 years at their outside best.

There’s going to come a time when the realisation sinks in that we actually need large scale power generation that is stable, that is reliable, and is long lasting, and when that time comes, we will be at least ten to fifteen years or even more behind those Countries now rapidly approving their construction.

As sure as night follows day, those plants will eventually be constructed in our Countries, but many, many years too late.

Only coal fired power can deliver the huge amounts of electrical power required absolutely to keep a developed Country ….. open for business.

As I was writing my own Post on this subject today, the JoNova site in Australia also posted a similar Post on the same subject. The link to the Post at that site is:

Coal Boom: 1600 new plants in 62 countries around the world – increasing 43%

Anton Lang uses the screen name of TonyfromOz, and he writes at this site, PA Pundits International on topics related to electrical power generation, from all sources, concentrating mainly on Renewable Power, and how the two most favoured methods of renewable power generation, Wind Power and all versions of Solar Power, fail comprehensively to deliver levels of power required to replace traditional power generation. His Bio is at this link.