CHINA is once more suffering from coal shortages because of the lingering cold weather, and electricity rationing continues in five provinces and municipalities, including the country’s major coal producer, Shanxi Province.
Decreasing coal reserves in 598 major power plants could last for nine days. Coal storages in 205 plants could last less than seven days, an alarming level, officials said.
The situation worsened in 11 percent of the power plants where coal reserves could not support three days of power generation.
Any time coal reserves go lower than three days, coal-fired power plants must shut down. Eleven percent of the key coal producing provinces’ power plants are close to getting to that point. Coal reserves at power stations are in dangerously short supply.
Shanxi, Shandong, Henan, Hubei and Chongqing are facing electricity rationing because of power shortages.
Many fishing tackle factories in Weihai are presently operating with only two days of power supply per week.
Production delays will be further affected by the upcoming Chinese New Year holidays and the usual slow start that follows as labourers switch jobs.