China to invest US$200bn to meet future power demands

Paul Boughton

China generates 75percent of its electricity from coal and is now introducing more modern technology to reduce emissions. China is also building nuclear plants.

EconomicallyEast Asia is a region where growth is a dominant theme and the electricity sector is no exception. Between 1995 and 2010 the countries in the region have planned to add 506171MW of additional capacity. Most of this capacity – 353000MW – is destined for China. This ambitious target will more than double the region's current capacity. This massive increase in demand for power will lead to an immense infrastructure investment. In China alonethe nation is proceeding with plans to spend US$1.2trillion on a vast programme of new infrastructure projects over the next three years. It is estimated that China will need to invest US$200billion in its power sector in the next several years to meet demand.

Presentlycoal is the king of the electricity sector in China. With its enormous reservesChina generates 75percent of its electricity from coalwhich is mostly burned in old-fashioned and inefficient power stations. Recently howeverChina is beginning to use more modern technology to burn coal with emission control also achieving greater prominence.

China achieved an installed capacity of 200000MW early in 1995 and the government is aiming to cross the 300000MW threshold early in the 21st century. Before 2010China plans to add over 350000MW to its installed generating capacity.

Beijing recently announced plans to spend at least 60billion yuan to rebuild the country’s rural power gridmaking electricity cheaper and more available to consumers who are starting to buy electrical appliances they never had before.

The fluid products companies of ITT Industries are taking an active role in providing the products and systems to help develop a more efficient and economical power generating infrastructure for China.

The Qinshan CANDU Power Projectlocated on the shore of Hangzhou Bayoff the East China Sea126km southwest of Shanghaiis a newindependenttwo-unit CANDU 6 nuclear power station.

At Qinshan CANDUGoulds Pumps is providing many of the large pumps on this project. The services required for these pumps include condensate extractioncirculation waterand raw service water. The raw service water pumps are different in that they are split casedry pit design with an intermediate shafting arrangement. The pumps used for condensate extraction are high horsepowervertical turbine design.

The Meizhou Wan Project is a two unit 362MWcoal fired power plant near Putian City in China’s Fujian Province. At the Meizhou Wan plantA-C Pump is providing very largeduplex stainless steel vertical wet pit circulating water pumps. In addition to the A-C productsGoulds Pumps is providing the condensate pumps as well as other centrifugal pumps supporting power plant fluid services.

According to Mark Deisherof Goulds: “The ability of ITT Industries to supply many of the different types of pumps enabled us to offer a much more complete solution to our customers in the Power industry.

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