The first 180 MW power unit of Chelyabinsk CHP-3 was commissioned in 1996. In December 2006, a second power unit with a similar design was commissioned. The third power unit, commissioned under the Fortum investment programme, was built in 2011 and is the first 216.3 MW combined cycle power unit in the Urals region. The plant uses natural gas as fuel.
Chelyabinsk CHP-3 is a modern power plant with efficient combined-cycle heat and power production.