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City power supplies build up capacity

SHANGHAI is expected to see its power supplies improved this year, with at least 1 billion cubic meters more in natural gas and new generators installing 4 million more kilowatts of capacity, officials said yesterday.

Officials said the added supply should reduce the chance of power shortages and provide stable, clean energy for the upcoming 2010 World Expo.

The total capacity of the city's power supply would reach 25.5 million kilowatts, which would be an "energy safeguard" for the city especially during the Expo period this year, said the Shanghai Development and Reform Commission, the city's economic policy decision maker.

All the new generators will be "clean, effective and environment friendly," the commission said yesterday.

"The generators have the latest technology and they can generate more power with lower coal consumption," said Wang Zhiqiang, official of the power department of the commission.

Three-quarters of the new generators should be running before the Expo. The rest should be working this summer.

The city's current power capacity is about 17 million kilowatts, plus 3 to 4 million kilowatts borrowed from the neighboring provinces in the national grid.

All told, the total capacity can only meet the city's daily consumption.

The limits are strained during peak hours in summer, with demand that can reach 24 million kilowatts - a thirst that can only be met by borrowing more power.

However, the situation should be largely improved with the arrival of the new generators, which will add 4 million kilowatts, and the Xiangjiaba hydropower station in Sichuan Province, which was finished late last year.


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