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Cold snap leads to energy shortages

ANOTHER cold snap has intensified the shortage of heating energy, including electricity and natural gas, in some cities.

Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang Province, had a shortage of natural gas for the second time this winter the past two days, said Xiang Min, an official with Hangzhou Gas Group.

The shortfall of 170,000 cubic meters of gas was less severe than in November, Xiang said.

The company had cut gas supplies by 140,000 cubic meters in the districts of Xiaoshan, Yuhang and Haining.

There were similar problems in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province.

The city had a daily shortage of 400,000 cubic meters of gas, said Yu Guohua, spokesman of Wuhan Natural Gas Company.

Temperatures plummeted in Beijing, Shanghai and some provinces.


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