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Chengzhuang CBM (CHN)

through coalbed methane power generation

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Shanxi Jinju Coal-Power-Chemical Co., Ltd, is a subsidiary of Jinneng Holding Equipment Manufacturing Group, one of the largest enterprises in China to build and operate coalbed methane (CBM) power plants. The recovery of CBM—a form of natural gas extracted from coal beds—in advance of mining helps reduce methane emissions and lowers the risk of methane explosions during coal mine production. What’s more, CBM is an important energy source with much lower greenhouse gas emissions than coal.


The Chengzhuang CBM Power Generation Project uses the energy-rich methane gas from coal mines to run 12 Jenbacher J620 gensets at one of INNIO’s biggest CBM power generation projects in China. Running on CBM, each genset can efficiently deliver up to 3.4 MW of electricity, all with reduced greenhouse gas emissions compared to coal. Located at the existing site of Shanxi Jinju Coal-Power-Chemical Co., Ltd.’s retired Chengzhuang thermal power plant, the new power plant makes full use of the original facility’s legacy cooling tower and steam turbine workshop space to house the innovatively installed Jenbacher gensets along with two sets of 11-ton-per-hour waste heat steam boilers, which drive two sets of 3 MW combined condensing steam turbine gensets.


Construction began in April 2016 and, thanks to a quick installation, the plant passed its 72+24-hour full-load trial operation in June 2017. At that time, it officially was transferred to commercial operation with a total capacity that reaches 40.5 MW. The contract also includes a multi-year service agreement. In 2020, the site’s Jenbacher gensets ranked No. 1 in contests for both “Yearly Max OPH” (maximum operating hours of 8,339) of individual gensets and “Yearly Max Avg. OPH” (8,175 OPH) of genset fleets among various CBM power plants, earning them two Industry POWER Awards from Shanxi Gas Power Generation Association.1)


Customer benefits

  • Centered on twelve 3.4 MW Jenbacher J620 gensets plus two 3 MW condensing steam turbine gensets in combined cycle, the project provides as much as 46 MW of secure power for the region.
  • The J620 gensets deliver total efficiencies of around 80% operating on CBM.
  • The plant helps reduce greenhouse gases in the region with much lower emissions than those of similar capacity coal plants while meeting the ever-increasing energy demand.



Installed engines

 12 x J620

Electrical output

 40.5 MW

Thermal output

 36 MW

Total efficiency


Energy source

Coalbed methane (CBM)




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