China speeds up development of nation-wide power grid

Mar 10, 2000 01:00 AM

Three major power grids in northern, southern, and central China will be set up and connected with each other over the next ten years, and a nation-wide power grid will be created by 2020, according to the State Power Corporation.
With the Three Gorges Power Station operational, 9,100 km of transmission lines will be completed to connect the power station with power grids in central and northern China, as well as Sichuan Province, forming the Central China Power Grid spanning 2,000 km from east to west, said Jiang Shaojun, director in charge of the corporation's strategic studies and planning. The power grid will serve as a link to grids in northern, north-western and southern China, and will be the centre of the nation-wide power grid.

A 500-kV transmission line from Hebei to Liaoning provinces is now under construction to connect grids in north-eastern and northern China. The two provinces, together with Shanxi, Shaanxi, Jiangxi, Beijing and Tianjin, will finally be covered by the NorthernChina Power Grid.
A southern power grid has now basically taken shape, based on power grids in Guangdong, Guangxi, Yunnan, and Guizhou provinces and autonomous regions. By the end of this year, the framework of various inter- provincial power grids will take shape as part of the initial step in building a nation-wide power grid by 2020.

Source: Xinhua via Newspage
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