China's 1Q power generation jumps 20 pct to 948.9 bln kWhs

21:09, April 23, 2010      

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China's electricity generation rose 20.8 percent year on year in the first quarter of the year to 948.9 billion kilowatt-hours (kWhs), the National Energy Administration (NEA) said Friday.

Breaking the figures down, thermal, nuclear power and wind power generation increased 24.3 percent, 7 percent and 99.3 percent, respectively, compared with the same period last year, while hydropower generation declined 5 percent, the NEA said in a statement on its website.

China is also developing offshore wind power projects, deputy director of the NEA's New Energy and Renewable Energy Department Shi Lishan said.

The country has plans for four offshore wind power projects with a total capacity of 500,000 kWhs, Shi said, adding that bidding for the projects will be completed by early May.

Meanwhile, China's electricity consumption in the first quarter rose 24.2 percent year on year to 969.5 billion kWhs.

China may increase its fuel consumption in the second quarter driven on the back of robust economic growth and increased domestic travel during the Shanghai World Expo, said NEA official Zhou Xi'an.

Apparent demand for refined oil products including gasoline and diesel oil may rise 5 percent year on year to between 54.7 million and 55.7 million tonnes, Zhou added.

Source: Xinhua


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