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China Says Its Power Gap May Peak at 40 Million Kilowatts

October 27, 2011

(Updates with power capacity in sixth paragraph.)

Oct. 27 (Bloomberg) -- China’s power shortage may peak at 40 million kilowatts in the winter and spring as demand growth outpaces supply, according to the China Electricity Council.

Power demand may rise 13 percent in the fourth quarter, while the full year electricity use may gain 12 percent to 4.7 trillion kilowatt hours, the industry group said in a statement on its website today.

Slowing growth of thermal-power capacity, unplanned maintenance at power plants because of low-quality coal, and imbalances between power generators and grids distribution have lead to a short supply of electricity in the country, it said.

Thermal power generators’ utilization rate may rise 4 percent to 5,250 hours this year from a year earlier, it said.

China started construction of 12.62 million kilowatts of thermal power generators in the first three quarters, more than halved from a year earlier, it said. The country is slowing thermal power projects to boost reliance on renewable sources including wind.

Full-year investment in the power sector will be “slightly” lower than the 750 billion yuan ($118 billion) that was estimated at the beginning of this year, it said. Generation capacity may rise 8 percent to 1.05 billion kilowatts by the end of 2011 from a year earlier, it said.

--Editors: Mike Anderson, Baldave Singh.

To contact the reporter on this story: Winnie Zhu in Shanghai at

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