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Shanghai pushes to maintain power load

SHANGHAI'S power supplier will try "every effort" to prevent load shedding as the city's electricity consumption nears capacity.

Shanghai Electric Power Co Ltd said the city's electricity supply was in an "intense but balanced situation."

The company said the city was in better shape than some provinces where load shedding has been reported.

Shanghai's power load hit 19.32 million kilowatts yesterday morning - the second highest winter reading since record keeping began.

The city's power capacity is just over 20 million kilowatts, with 15 million locally generated and 4.6 million supported by the national grid from other provinces, according to Wang Changxing, an official of the company.

This was "just enough" to meet daily consumption needs.

Wang said the company had two ways to ensure the city's supply - buying electricity from the national grid and cooperating with neighboring provinces to share power.

"For example, the daily power consumption peaks about 10:25am in Shanghai and 10am in Jiangsu Province," Wang said.

No guarantees

"Thus, we dispatch some electricity to support Jiangsu at 10am and when they get over their peak hour, they can support us."

However, the company said things could deteriorate if the weather turned even colder.

"It is unpredictable and we can't guarantee anything," Wang told Shanghai Daily, pointing out that everywhere in China was suffering power-supply problems or shortages."

City temperatures are expected to touch their lowest this winter today at minus 2 degrees Celsius, according to weatherman.

Meanwhile, Shanghai power authorities yesterday issued reassurances over coal supplies for the city's thermal power plants as serious coal shortages hit many provinces.

Coal stocks in the city were enough to cover at least 10 days of power generation and all plants were reporting timely daily deliveries, officials said yesterday.

Shanghai's ports have opened green channels for coal carriers, according to the maritime authority based at Wusong Port.

Seven ships anchored in the port yesterday after carrying 265,000 tons of coal.


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