Coal crunch sees China’s rustbelt exposed to risk of winter power, heat cuts

5 Sep 2017   OPEC

China’s northeastern industrial heartland may face winter power and heating cuts after authorities in Beijing spurned requests from provincial providers for help securing coal supplies after two major mines were forced to halt output, utilities warned. Coal-dependent power in the major manufacturing province of Heilongjiang issued their plea to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) via the state power grid after authorities suspended work at mines in neighboring Inner Mongolia last month, according to documents posted on the website of coal publication sxcoal.com. The authenticity of documents was confirmed by a person familiar with the matter, who declined to be identified because he wasn’t authorized to speak to media. The NDRC and state grid were not […]

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