Wednesday, January 5, 2011

King Coal Losing His Power In Electricity Industry

However, in its power industry investment forecast published on Feb 14, the China Electricity Council (CEC), a government-backed industry association, said investment may hit 650 billion yuan this year, encouraged by the government\'s 4 trillion yuan economic stimulus package.

According to the CEC forecast, investment in po....wer g..eneration may remain around 300 billion yuan, with more of it going to sectors such as nuclear power, while the remaining 350 billion yuan will be assigned to build and upgrade power grids...

Electricity demand will remain weak this year, but it is likely to rebound in the second half and may increase by 5 percent this year, CEC said.

China (cnmining) is speeding up the approval of energy projects to help spur domestic industry, which expanded in the last quarter at the weakest pace in seven years.

\"Large-scale energy projects require huge investment and could give a boost to manufacturers and raw material suppliers,\" Zhang told People\'s Daily on Dec 29.

As China implements a more active fiscal policy, with a lower interest rate and more tax incentives, investment in large-scale power projects will be less costly, Zhang pointed out.

The country will begin construction of nuclear power plants with a total capacity of 8.4 gigawatts this year alone, including projects in Sanmen of Zhejiang province, Taishan in Guangdong province and Haiyang in Shandong province, according to Zhang.

\"Starting from this year, the country will build several large wind farms over the next 10 years, each with a generating capacity in excess of 10 gigawatts, in Gansu, Hebei and Jiangsu provinces, and Inner Mongolia autonomous region,\" Zhang said.

The country will also speed up the construction of large coal bases to help the nation withstand potential energy crises. Construction of coal bases will begin in Xilinguole League in Inner Mongolia and Shanxi province.

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