Eastern China's Jiangxi province saw major thermal power plants consumed a total of 16.62 million tonnes of coal during January-May, a year-on-year increase of 20.5% or 2.83 million tonnes.
A total of 16.09 million tonnes of thermal coal was delivered to these plants during the given period, up 2.79 million tonnes year on year, according to data released by the local development and reform commission.
Driven by the rapid growth of power demand, China's thermal coal consumption remained at a high level, driving coal prices to rise. The price of standard coal delivered to power plants in Jiangxi averaged at a high level of 1200 yuan/t.
Up to now, key power plants' thermal coal inventory stood at 2.9 million tonnes, which is able to cover about 20 days of usage in peak demand period.
In May, the province's power generation was 13.43 TWh, a year-on-year increase of 8.86%. Specifically, thermal power generation was 9.56 TWh, down 2.39%; hydropower generation 2.176 TWh, up 57%; wind power 1.09 TWh, up 89.58%; and solar power 602 GWh, up 3.79%.
In the same month, Jiangxi purchased 1.17 TWh of electricity from other provinces, a year-on-year increase of 56.47%, including 460 GWh from the Three Gorges and 108 GWh from Northwest China.
The electricity consumption in the province totaled 14.60 TWh in May, rising 11.58% year on year.
The primary industries – mainly the agricultural sector – used 91 GWh in May, up 35.96% from the year-ago level; the secondary industries – mainly the industrial sector -- consumed 10.43 TWh, jumping 15.35% year on year; the power consumption by tertiary industries – mainly the service sector – witnessed a yearly increase of 6.7% to 2.19 TWh, data showed.
(Writing by Emma Yang Editing by Harry Huo)
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