China's power shortage during summer to be around 25000 MW

May 12, 2005 02:00 AM

China's maximum shortage of power supply during the coming summer peak-time is estimated at around 25 mm kW, said a senior official with the China State Electricity Regulatory Commission in Beijing.
Shi Yubo, vice chairman of the commission, said that starting from June, power supply will experience the peak load period. Electricity will remain in short supply nationwide, although the shortage of power will be less acute compared with last year.

Since the beginning of this year, China's electricity generation and consumption have continued to grow at high speed. From January to March, total power consumption nationwide was 550 bn kW/h, an increase of 13.38 % over the same period of last year.
Due to rapid economic growth, China witnessed a dramatic rise in electricity generation and consumption over the past years. Total installed generating capacity to exceed 500 mm kW in 2005 China's total installed generating capacity is expected to exceed 500 mm kW in 2005 and the total electricity consumption is estimated at 2.4 tn kW/h, said the official.

Shi said that an additional generating capacity of about 65 mm kW will be put into operation this year. With the improvement in the performance of major power grids nationwide, the scope and scale of power blackout and supply restriction will see a decline in 2005, he said.
According to him, by the end of 2004, the country's total installed generating capacity reached 440 mm kW and the total electricity generation for 2004 amounted to 2.187 tn kW/h, representing a year-on-year increase of 14.8 %. China's total electricity consumption stood at 2.173 tn kW/h last year, up 14.9 % over the previous year.

Ma Kai, minister in charge of the State Development and Reform Commission, has said China would continue to experience a power shortage this year. Starting from May 1, China raised the electricity prices for industrial and commercial users by 0.3 cents per kW-hour in a bid to cope with coal prices hike. The coal prices in China have increased continuously since last June and many electricity generating companies have reported losses.
Due to the rapid growth of economy over the past years, power shortages have become a major issue in many parts of China. Some 24 of 31 province-level regions on the Chinese mainland suffered from power shortages in 2004, compared with 19 in 2003.

Source: People's Daily Online
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