China's National Energy Administration plans to cut down a total 7.33 GW of "zombie" coal-based power capacity in 2020, to further streamline the industry structure and improve air quality, according to a notice recently issued by the administration.
The notice refers to the "zombie" coal-fired power units as those that have been out of service for years and are unable to resume production in the short term.
The NEA urges local governments and related power plants to work out the de-capacity mission as soon as possible.
According to the plan, Henan province has 2.06 GW of insufficient capacity to phase out this year, accounting for 28% of the total task, far more than any other provinces. Followed are Jiangsu and Zhejiang provinces, which have 0.75 GW and 0.83 GW, respectively.
While cutting down outdated capacity, China is also putting more efficient plants on line. In January-June, China's newly-added coal power capacity totaled 16.32 GW, bringing the total coal power capacity to 1,210 GW at the end of June.
According to an incomplete statistics, there have been 15 coal-fired power projects that got approvals so far this year. The last one was 2*350 MW project in Guangxi province, as replacement of a 440 MW unit decommissioned in 2018 and a planned 1*350 project cancelled early this year.
(Writing by Alex Guo Editing by Tammy Yang)
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