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UPDATED: 16:14, July 20, 2004
China sees steady growth of energy supply in 1st half
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The latest statistics from China's State Development and Reform Commission (SDRC) here Tuesday showed that China's energy supply and transportation capacity grew a relatively big amount in the first half of this year.

From January to June, China produced 743 million tons of coal, 14.9 percent more than that of the same time of last year. The electricity supply grew 15.8 percent on a year-on-year basis to 990.9 billion kwh.

China also increased its crude oil production to 85.71 million tons and imported 56.34 million tons in the first half of the year,up 1.9 percent and 40.3 percent respectively, according to SDRC statistics. The country's refined crude oil jumped to 133.9 million tons, growing 17. 9 percent when compared with the same time of last year.

The transportation capacity of Chinese railway grew to 1.056 billion tons, an increase of 8.7 percent. According to the statistics, transportation for coal reached 481 million tons during the time.

However, Zhou Hongren, an SDRC official, warned that China's power shortage still bottlenecks the national economic growth. According to his prediction, China would probably suffer from a power shortage of 30 million kwh in the third quarter of 2004.

Source: Xinhua

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