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Landmark power line ends Tibet plateau's blackouts (2)

(Xinhua)

08:24, March 02, 2012

A worker records the data of convertor station in Golmud, northwest China's Qinghai Province, March 1, 2012. After being put into test operation in Nov. 11, 2011, the Qinghai-Tibet AD(direct current)-AC(alternating current) electricity grid program had transmitted 0.2 billion kilowatt hour of electricity to Tibet Autonomous Region. (Xinhua/Zhang Hongxiang)

Thanks to the new line, winter power shortages would become part of Tibet's history, according to Wang. "For the first time, Tibetans celebrated their New Year's Day without blackouts," he said.

Tibetan New Year's Day fell on Feb. 22 this year.

According to statistics provided by the Tibet branch of the State Grid, the region's annual power consumption is about 1.6 billion kwh and mostly relies on hydroelectric power sources.

In cold low-water seasons, however, power supply often falls short of demand by 30 percent. Before the new power line began operation, blackouts were imposed every winter.

The new power grid project is expected to fill the gap, providing 4 billion kwh to the region annually.

By the end of 2015, Tibet's installed power generation capacity will hit 2.6 million kilowatts, more than twice the 2010 volume.

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