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Hydropower Plant to be Built in Tibet

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 05/09/20; September 20, 2005.]

By Zhang Fengming (Shanghai Daily)
Updated: 2005-09-20 10:23

China Huaneng Group, the country's biggest power producer, plans to build a hydropower plant in the Tibet Autonomous Region to help reduce the country's electricity shortage.

Huaneng signed a deal with the Tibet government. It's part of the country's plan to transmit electricity from western regions rich in natural resources to eastern coastal commercial areas with more advanced economies, the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission said on its Website yesterday.

"Huaneng will tap Tibet's ample water resources together with the government," Huaneng said.

"The project will help Huaneng to balance its electricity supply and strengthen capacity," it added.

Monetary details were not announced in its statement. Neither was the future hydropower plant's capacity.

The majority of Huaneng's projects are built in coastal areas.

Most of the country's power plants are coal based. The country is boosting hydropower and nuclear power as two ways to increase the electricity supply, said Zhang Guobao, deputy director of the National Development and Reform Commission, earlier this month.

China is in the third year of power shortages and can have an electricity supply shortfall of 25,000 megawatts when demand peaks in the summer, according to earlier reports.

The firm's generating supply topped 122.17 billion kilowatt-hours as of the end of June - 10.8 percent of the country's total.

Huaneng plans to expand its generation capacity from 40,990 megawatts to 60,000 megawatts by 2010.

The figure is expected to top 120,000 megawatts by 2020. Huaneng is one of the world's top 10 power firms.


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