Full steam ahead for Bei­jing green era

The Star Malaysia - - World -

BEI­JING: Bei­jing shut down its last large-scale coal-fired power plant, mean­ing that the cap­i­tal now uses only clean en­ergy for all elec­tric­ity and heat­ing.

The mea­sure taken on Satur­day, which was an­nounced in the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment work re­port re­leased in Jan­uary, is part of the city’s ef­forts to re­duce car­bon emis­sions and im­prove air qual­ity.

The power plant, lo­cated in east­ern Bei­jing, is owned by Hua­neng Group, one of China’s top-five power gen­er­a­tion com­pa­nies.

With an in­stalled gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity of 845,000 kilowatts, the 18-year-old plant pro­vides heat­ing for an area cov­er­ing 30 mil­lion km² in south­east­ern Bei­jing.

“Re­plac­ing coal with clean en­ergy is not only to deal with air pol­lu­tion but also a re­quire­ment of the com­pany’s trans­for­ma­tion,” said Cai Qi, mayor of Bei­jing.

Cai said a new power plant that will use nat­u­ral gas as fuel is un­der con­struc­tion and will start op­er­at­ing soon, adding that the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment will pro­vide sup­port to the com­pany dur­ing tran­si­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Hua­neng Group, the shut­down of the plant will cut coal con­sump­tion by 1.76 mil­lion met­ric tonnes a year, and re­duce sul­phur diox­ide emis­sions by 91 tonnes, oxyni­tride emis­sions by 285 tonnes and dust by 110 tonnes.

Du Chengzhang, head of Hua­neng Bei­jing Ther­mal Power Plant, the owner of the coal-fired plant, said the com­pany com­pleted the con­struc­tion of the sec­ond phase of a ther­mal power plant that uses nat­u­ral gas as fuel in De­cem­ber 2011. It be­gan op­er­at­ing dur­ing the 2012-13 heat­ing sea­son, and the third phase will get a test run in June.

“Pro­vid­ing green en­ergy has been the com­pany’s aim for years,” Du said.

Bei­jing has shut down four ma­jor large-scale coal-fired plants in re­cent years. — China Daily/Asia News Net­work

Pow­er­ing down: Unit su­per­vi­sor Liu Yong shut­ting down the last coal-fired power plant in Bei­jing. — China Daily

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