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Power shortage facing Zhejiang province

04-29-2011 08:47 BJT

A new round of power shortages are affecting Eastern China's Zhejiang Province. Some factories have been forced to halt production on certain days of the week. Although summer, the peak season for energy use, has not arrived, Zhejiang is facing its worst power shortage since 2004. James Kim tells us about how the province is coping and the causes of the power shortage.

A lack of orders isn't stopping production at most factories in Zhejiang, instead, a lack of power is halting output.

This chemical fiber production factory in Xiaoshan city has already felt the effects.

Yu Chuankun, Deputy Head of Rongsheng Holding Group said "We used 600-million kilowatt-hours of power last year, but this year, energy demand has jumped to one billion, nearly a 60-percent increase."

As the impact of the global financial crisis fades, some power-hungry industries are resuming operations, including the textile industry.

There are nearly 6-hundred factories in the city, with their power consumption accounting for nearly half of the city's total volume.

The reasons behind the power shortages have proven to be very simple, rising oil costs and not enough rain to run the hyrdo electric dams.

Jin Youhua, Head of Zhejiang Economic & Info Tech. Commission said "This year's rainfall has been less than usual. The power produced by some small hydropower stations has dropped 50 percent. Meanwhile, due to rising oil prices, some generators have to stop operation in order to minimize cost."

According to staff from the Provincial Power Dispatch Communication Center, the power load this summer will hit 50-million kilowatt-hours during peak power consumption, while maximum power supply stands at less than 47-million kilowatt-hours.

Though the officials say the province will not face the same degree of power shortages it did seven years ago, the situation is not looking bright.

Jin Youhua said "We estimate that the power gap next year will climb to 8-million kilowatt-hours, because power demand will continue to increase while supply capacity remains the same."

With the summer looming, factories and residents alike are preparing for the most intensive energy use period of the year, but whether that demand will be met, is still an open question.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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