China ready to fire up 1000MW coal power generation unit

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China, the world’s largest oil consumer, is ready to fire up a 1000-megawatts coal power generation unit, Reuters reported this Tuesday. The unit at the Shanghaimiao plant will be the biggest of its kind in the country.

Firstly, China is under fire for approving such a project; especially at a time when curbing greenhouse gas emissions is a top priority for governments around the world. Back in November, the climate change summit COP26 took place, delivering the urgent message of ceasing “grey energy” projects.

However, the energy transition in China has faced several hurdles; the country tried to shift from coal to natural gas. The demand from China was too big that many heavy industries in China had to stop production as they lacked natural gas to continue.

As a result, China started to sign long-term deals to import liquified natural gas. Many of those deals happened with US exporters, like Venture Global, as we have reported previously.

Nevertheless, China is boosting the use of coal to cope with industrial demand. In fact, China will increase 9% year-on-year coal-fired power generation in 2022, according to the International Energy Agency.

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China to deliver the power through hihgly efficient grid

Moreover, a report from researchers at China’s State Grid Corporation said energy security concerns mean the country is likely to build as much as 150 GW of new coal-fired power capacity over the 2021-2025 period, bringing the total to 1,230 GW.

At the same time, the country is responsible for more than half of global coal-fired power generation.

On the other hand, according to Reuters, the operator of the new 1000MW coal plant will be the Guodian Power Shanghaimiao Corporation; a subsidiary of the central government-run China Energy Investment Corporation.

In addition, the company said this Tuesday that the plant’s technology was the world’s most efficient; with the lowest rates of coal and water consumption.

Finally, the plant will be on Ordos, a coal-rich northwestern region of Inner Mongolia. According to the report, the plant will eventually have four generating units; and will deliver power to the eastern coastal Shandong province via a long-distance ultra-high voltage grid.

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