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Polluters given deadline to clean up emissions

Cement plants are among the polluting industries that will have to meet Beijing's emission limits to gain environmental approval. Photo: AP

From March 1, new coal-fired power plants and steel mills will have to meet "special limits" on emissions to gain approval from the Ministry of Environmental Protection, the ministry's China Environment News said in an online report. It did not give details.

Thursday, 21 February, 2013, 6:07am

The true extent of China's energy crisis

When it comes to the sheer volume of investment in clean energy, China has no peers. Barely a month passes without the media reporting the latest government pledge to develop non-fossil-fuel sources or another ambitious renewable energy target.

3 Oct 2012 - 1:42am 1 comment

CLP may raise fees amid earnings squeeze

CLP chief executive Andrew Brandler says the company will be "very cautious" about further investment in India. Photo: Dickson Lee

CLP Holdings may propose another tariff rise in Hong Kong by the end of the year, as big losses in its overseas investments squeeze earnings and a new gas supply contract due to be signed next year triples fuel costs.

15 Aug 2012 - 1:33am

CLP's stockpiling of diesel spurs cost fears

CLP Power is reportedly stockpiling costly diesel as a contingency for fuel, as it needs several months to repair its Castle Peak coal power plant that was damaged by Typhoon Vicente late last month.

That has sparked concerns of a possible rise in the electricity tariff due to higher fuel costs. A concern group is urging the government to release more information.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:07pm

Datang sees 40GW nationwide supply shortfall

Despite a slowing economy, this year China could see a national power shortage of up to 40 gigawatts - roughly Singapore's annual consumption - a senior power company executive says.

Power demand would grow 9.5 per cent this year, compared with 12 per cent last year, said Liu Yan, corporate finance director of Datang International Power Generation.

8 May 2015 - 9:33am

'Rolls-Royce level' costs put CLP in hot seat

An administration official has criticised CLP Power's ballooning operating costs - which he likened to 'Rolls-Royce' levels - amid public outrage over the electricity firm's more than 9 per cent tariff rise.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Exports of coal-fired equipment to top US$2b

The mainland's exports of coal-fired power generating equipment are expected to exceed US$2 billion this year amid increasing demand from emerging markets such as India, according to UBS.

Increasing overseas shipments would help makers of the equipment to overcome dwindling domestic demand in a sign that inexpensive Chinese-made products are accelerating their global reach.

27 May 2011 - 12:00am

Coal power struggles in war on sulfur

After construction of the huge, silver desulfurisation tower at the Meixian coal-fired power station in Meizhou is finished, employee Gu Liang thinks it will be beautiful to look at but too expensive to use.

At the small power plant in Guangdong more than 100 men and women are working against time to put the tower and its labyrinth of pipes in place.

23 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Fiddling while the world burns

Beijing will host a meeting tomorrow of energy ministers from the US and Asia. The 'coal rush' and climate change are sure to be prominent on their agenda. More and more coal is being burned in power plants around the world to generate electricity.

15 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

The high cost of an economic miracle

Experts warn of the far-reaching impact of mainland's sulfur dioxide emissions

The mainland's admission that it was the world's largest producer of sulfur dioxide last year highlights the cost of breakneck economic growth and the weakness of government enforcement of pollution standards, academics and environmentalists said yesterday.

4 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Huaneng Power raises tariffs 7pc as costs rise

Huaneng Power International will from today raise tariffs by as much as 7.3 per cent to ease high fuel and transport costs as well as additional expenses to meet environmental protection requirements.

30 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Firm eyes nuclear power gear

Shanghai Electric Group is building a 3.2 billion yuan seafront production base to handle nuclear and gas-fired power equipment, as it looks beyond the construction boom driven by coal-fired plants.

27 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

High costs force CR Power to cut back

Company will reduce the number of gas-fired generation units in Guangdong project from six to one

China Resources Power Holdings (CR Power) has been forced to scale down its planned gas-fired power and heat generation project to supply Guangdong's Nansha Industrial Development Park, according to chief executive Wang Shuaiting.

22 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Guangdong diesel plants ordered to shut down

The central government has ordered Guangdong province to shut down more than half of its diesel-fired power plants on environmental and economic grounds, after they incurred major losses amid record-high crude oil prices.

11 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Prime culprits smoke away on both sides of the border, ignoring a solution

Two of the region's big air polluters are located 50km apart, emitting at least 140,000 tonnes of sulfur dioxide last year.

The Shajiao Power Plant is situated in Humen, Dongguan, northwest of Hong Kong. It is the province's biggest coal-fired generation plant, supplying electricity to thousands of factories and millions of residents.

25 Oct 2004 - 12:00am