The Southeast Heating and Power Center (SHPC) has been under fully-loaded test run for 168 hours, said China Environmental News.
Running of SHPC will boost clean power capacity by 1921 MW and heating capacity by 28 million square meters, showed data from Beijing Development and Reform Commission.
SHPC aimed to optimize Beijing's heating structure and energy infrastructure layout, which also will bolster the central heating network and power grid with clean energy.
According to a notice issued by Beijing municipal government in 2010, the capital city planned to construct 4 major natural gas-fueled heat and electricity centers involving 40 engineering projects with investment of 47.7 billion yuan ($7.19 billion).
With the operation of the 4 centers, Beijing shall be eligible to increase clean power capacity by 7.24 GW, replacing coal-fired power capacity by 2.88 GW, an equivalent of 9.2 million tonnes coal reduction; 100 million square meters of clean heating capacity will be added as well.
Beijing's maximum power loading demand is expected to grow 6% to 7 % annually in the near future, while 4 major centers could be part of the solution.
More importantly, energy utilization efficiency of cogeneration units will be up by 20%, which could help save 3 million tonnes coal per year; hazardous sulfur dioxide emission will be reduced by 10,000 tonnes a year, nitrogen oxides and dust emission will be cut by 19,000 tonnes and 3,000 tonnes respectively, which could be a remarkable effect of energy saving and emission reduction.
(Writing by William Gao Editing by Jessie Jia)
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