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China Halts Construction of 101 Coal Power Plants

By Fan Ruohong and Fran Wang
A thermal power station is seen in Zhengzhou, Henan province, in December 2010. China's National Energy Administration has suspended 101 coal power plant projects across the country. Photo: Visual China
A thermal power station is seen in Zhengzhou, Henan province, in December 2010. China's National Energy Administration has suspended 101 coal power plant projects across the country. Photo: Visual China

(Beijing) — China’s central government has suspended 101 coal power projects with an estimated total investment of about 430 billion ($62.3 billion) on concerns that mild demand for electricity this year could lead to a power glut.

The National Energy Administration (NEA) has issued notices to 11 provincial-level areas, including northwest China’s Xinjiang region and the southern province of Guangdong, ordering them to halt the projects that their respective governments had previously planned or approved.

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