Snow storms cause nationwide electric coal shortage

09:26, January 07, 2010      

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Recent snow storms unseen for several decades in northern and eastern China have brought about more difficulties in transportation, causing a nationwide electric coal shortage. As a result, several regions have temporarily cut off the power supply. In response, the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC) released a notice urgently requiring the safeguarding of the power supply.

The electric coal shortage occurred in provinces such as Hunan, Hubei, Jiangxi and Henan. Currently, electric coal inventories in Henan's power generation plants are not enough to meet 8 days consumption, and individual power generation plants are not enough to meet 3 days consumption. The electric coal shortage is even more serious in southern provinces. Data shows that the gross electric power inventories of the Beijing-Tianjin-Tangshan Power Grid are dropping.

According to statistics, the Central China Grid has 1.07 million tons of electric coal on inventory in Jiangxi province, far below the 1.6 million ton warning line. The East China Grid is generally under heavy pressure, with part of the power generation units in Anhui province and other regions having stopped operations due to the coal shortage. Furthermore, regions such as Shanghai, Jiangsu and Hubei have cut off the power supply at certain periods of time during a day.

By People's Daily Online
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