• The four coal fired plants are to be replaced by equal number of gas-fired stations with more than double the power generation capacity
• The phasing out of coal based power plants is part of China’s larger plans to cut its coal consumption by 13 million tones per year (Mt/yr) by 2017
• China is encouraging use of renewable including hydropower, solar and wind besides restart of its nuclear power programme
BEIJING – Gas fueled power plants are soon slated to supply electricity in Beijing as China strives to cut down pollution levels in the capital with the fourth and last of the coal fired power plant – 845MW plant of China Huaneng Group Corp, slated to be phased out in 2016.
As Beijing combats smoggy atmosphere with pollution levels averaging twice the national standard in 2014, the authorities have so far shut down shut down three plants owned by Beijing Energy Investment Holding Co, China Datang Corp and a third owned by Guohua Electric Power Corp, which shut operations last week.