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Cold strains coal supply

CHINA was still suffering from coal shortages because of the lingering cold weather, and electricity rationing continued in five provinces and municipalities, including the country's major coal producer, Shanxi Province.

As of Sunday, decreasing coal reserves in 598 major power plants could last for nine days. Coal storages in 205 plants could last less than seven days, an alarming level, officials said.

The situation worsened in 11 percent of the power plants where coal reserves could not support three days of power generation.

On Sunday, Shanxi, Shandong, Henan, Hubei and Chongqing continued electricity rationing because of power shortages.

Temperature in parts of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, northern and northeastern China was expected to fall by 6 to 8 degrees Celsius today, the weatherman said.


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