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China powers up huge outlay in energy plants

CHINA, the world's second-biggest energy user, approved building wind power plants and hydropower stations with a combined capacity of 2,001 megawatts to boost economic growth and trim global-warming emissions.

Power stations are planned in Sichuan, Guizhou, Jiangsu and Hebei provinces, the National Development and Reform Commission said in separate statements yesterday. These will add to at least US$35 billion of energy projects that have been approved or started since November as the government carries out a 4 trillion-yuan (US$585 billion) stimulus plan to spur the economy, Bloomberg News said.

China is expanding in clean energy as 192 nations are holding meetings to forge a new treaty to stem global warming.

The commission, the nation's top economic planner, approved the Luding Hydropower Station in Sichuan, which will include four units of 230 megawatts each, Dongjing Hydropower plant in Guizhou, with four units of 220 megawatts each, Rudong wind farm in Jiangsu and Guyuan wind power station in Hebei, each with 100.5 megawatts of capacity.

China began building the eastern section of the nation's second west-east gas pipeline, worth 93 billion yuan (US$13 billion), last month. At least four other projects were granted provisional approval then.


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