China's state-owned power giants are shoring up efforts to secure energy supplies for the national fight against the novel coronavirus, including preferential treatment for businesses that need support when resuming operation.
China Southern Power Grid has rolled out a slew of measures such as 24-hour power monitoring, to ensure electricity supply to medical institutions and other key clients on the front line of the epidemic prevention and control, including medical facilities, government agencies and protective gear production enterprises.
For small-and medium-sized enterprises that have difficulty in operation due to the epidemic, the utility firm will postpone charges for a specific period, in accordance with government regulations, to support their recovery.
For enterprises expanding production capacity to fight the epidemic, the company will remove the maximum electricity consumption cap required by existing charging contracts and will charge the excess amounts separately.
The company has also promised to maintain power supply to residents and businesses involved in the epidemic prevention and control even if they have outstanding bills.
China National Nuclear Corp (CNNC) has adopted strict measures to ensure stable supply of energy.
Statistics from CNNC showed it had generated more than 3.43 TWh of nuclear power from January 24 to February 7, covering electricity needs of 150 million households daily.
More than 400 production units under the nuclear giant have already resumed production, with key projects such as Hualong One demonstration project and reactor unit 5 and 6 in Tianwan nuclear power plant resuming full operations.
State Power Investment Corp, or SPIC, recently released 21 new measures for the orderly and safe resumption of work and operations, hoping to contribute to stable and healthy development of domestic economy through safe production.
(Writing by Tian Zhang Editing by Tammy Yang)
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