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City may ration power in cold snap

SHANGHAI'S power supplier may ration electricity use to cope with the city's expected power shortfall amid today's cold snap.

Four electricity generators broke down yesterday after the city's power use shot to 17.22 million kilowatts as a cold front brought down the temperature to 4 degrees Celsius, local news Website reported today.

The breakdown reduced the city's power supply by 1.5 million kilowatts. The generators are still being repaired.

Shanghai is expected to have a power shortfall today of 1.9 million kw - the biggest in the city's history - with temperatures expected to drop to 2 degrees downtown and about zero in suburbs, power officials said.

The gird is running normally because of supply from outside the city via the national power network.

But it is on the brink of collapse as another 600,000kw generator in Shanghai is working in an unstable condition and could break down anytime, officials said.

Technicians are repairing the failed generators and the power company is pleading for more supply from other provinces and areas.

Despite that, the power company may have to cut electricity supply to some users.
Weather forecasters expect temperatures to rise from Saturday, when the temperature should hit 11 degrees.


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