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China To Add 87 GW

Exceeds 2012 added capacity, power consumption up 5.5%

Posted on March 7, 2013

China is expected to add 87 GW to its installed power capacity in 2013, according to a report titled "Analysis and Forecast Report on National Electric Power Supply and Demand" that was issued by the China Electricity Council in February 2013.

The newly added installed capacity in 2013 will surpass the capacity added in 2012, but the newly added installed capacity of thermal power will continue to decline. It's expected that the newly installed capacity of thermal power will be about 40 GW in 2013.

By the end of 2013, the national installed capacity is expected to reach about 1230 GW, the highest in the world.

In 2012, China's social power consumption was up 5.5% year over year, and the growth rate was 6.5% points lower than the previous year.

The report predicts that in 2013, the power supply and demand in China will stay on balance with the increasing surplus in the supply side of northeast region; the supply in southern region will be slightly higher than demand; and supply and demand in central China will stay on balance. Due to the restrictions on inter-regional transmission capacity, the shutdown of partial units for nitrogen oxide renovation and shortages in natural gas supply, power shortages might occur in peak hours in some provinces in eastern and northern China regions.

The utilization hour of power generation equipment in 2013 is expected to be 4700 to 4800 hours.