State Grid Corp. of China completed construction of a 22.6 billion yuan ($3.17 billion) ultra-high voltage electricity line to deliver clean power to central Henan from the sparsely populated northwestern Qinghai province.
The network will boost the amount of electricity able to be delivered from most of Qinghai and parts of Gansu provinces, the company said in a statement on June 3. It’s the first UHV line in the world built to transmit only carbon-free electricity, State Grid said.
China is promoting the technology, which reduces the amount of power lost to heat during transmission, to move electricity from remote regions with abundant coal resources and clean energy potential to more populous areas with higher demand. The line can help China achieve two of its energy goals, boosting renewable energy consumption while reducing idle capacity.
The company expects to put the 1,587-kilometer (986-mile) line into full operation in December. The project is designed to transport 40 TWh of clean power a year, it said.
(Writing by Jessie Jia Editing by Harry Huo)
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