Shanghai promotes use of natural gas

Nov 04, 2004 01:00 AM

Shanghai plans to increase its use of natural gas by 10 % by 2010 to improve the environment, said Xu Jianmin, vice-president of the Shanghai Environmental Protection Bureau.
"Use of natural gas will be promoted in power generation to replace coal which pollutes the air," Xu said at an international exhibition on energy and environmental protection in Shanghai.

At present, natural gas makes up only 1 % of the city's energy consumption, while coal and oil account for 59 % and 40 % respectively, according to Xu. The city plans to stop burning coal for energy in urban areas by 2010. Natural gas from western China will become one of the city's major energy sources for the civil and industrial purposes, Xu said.
Shanghai signed a contract with China National Offshore Oil Corp earlier that will supply the city with 3 mm tpy of natural gas starting in 2012.
"Other alternative and clean energies will be explored for the sake of environmental protection and a solution to energy shortages," hesaid.

Shanghai Automobile Industry Group is collaborating with US General Motors to produce automobiles fuelled by mixed fuels and fuel cells. Vehicles propelled by fuel cells are expected to be used in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The research and exploration of solar and wind energies are also on the agendas of local government.
"Our challenge lies in insufficient financial and technical support which bottlenecks the development of clean and alternative energy," said Zhen Huaxing, vice-chairman of the Shanghai Environmental Protection Industry Association.

The exhibition provides a platform for the city's access to the world's advanced technologies in energy solutions.
Government representatives and companies from nine countries and regions such as France, Germany and Britain participated in the exhibition to discuss investment opportunities in new energy and other environmental protection industries.

Source: Xinhuanet
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