Jun 05, 2021 07:07 AM

Energy Insider: Golden Concord Enters Hydrogen Energy Market; China Sends a Train to Paris

China Railway Express’s containers to Europe at its Zhengzhou container center.
China Railway Express’s containers to Europe at its Zhengzhou container center.

In today’s Caixin energy news wrap: Golden Concord enters hydrogen energy market; Henan building materials industry reorganizes with 10 billion yuan ($1.56 billion) joint venture; Guangxi and Guangdong provinces face power shortages; State Grid pushes supplying Jilin’s electricity to southern China.

Golden Concord enters hydrogen energy market

Golden Concord Holdings Ltd., a Chinese green energy supplier, signed strategic cooperation agreements Thursday with Siemens (China) Co. Ltd., Toshiba (China) Co. Ltd., Beijing PERIC Hydrogen Technologies Co. Ltd. and SPIC Hydrogen Energy Co. Ltd. The agreements mark Golden Concord’s entry into the hydrogen energy market.

Henan building materials industry reorganizes with $1.56 billion joint venture

Henan province’s building materials industry is undertaking a major reorganization. China United Cement Corp. joined with Henan Investment Group to establish a large building materials group — Henan CNBM Tongli Materials Co. Ltd. The new group, with registered capital of 10 billion yuan ($1.56 billion), marks a significant achievement in the structural adjustment of Henan’s cement industry. The joint venture will operate in 13 cities within Henan province. It will also be able annually to produce 30 million tons of clinker, 40 million tons of cement and 20 million cubic meters of commercial concrete.

Shanxi CRE train’s first departure for Paris

China Railway Express (CRE) initiated its first train from Shanxi province to France this week. Shanxi owns nine regular CRE international lines covering 26 cities in 11 countries. The newest line marks the first transnational cooperation among Shanxi Jin’ou Logistics Co., a subsidiary of state-owned Huayuan International Land Port, Bracco International Business Group and Forwardis Group, a subsidiary of France’s national railway company Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer Français. Loaded with more than 700 tons of disposable medical gear, fitness equipment, tires, automobiles and other materials, the train departed China through the Erenhot Port and is passing through Russia, Belarus, Poland, Germany and other countries. The full journey totals approximately 11,000 kilometers. It is expected to arrive at Valenton Railway Station in Paris’s southeast suburbs in 20 days.

China’s nuclear demonstration project approved by NDRC

China National Nuclear Power Co. Ltd. (CNNC) (601985.SH) received approval from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) for its Hainan Changjiang Multipurpose Small Modular Reactor Science and Technology Demonstration Project, CNNC said Thursday. The new project will have a capacity of 125 megawatts per unit.

Guangdong clarifies natural gas grid price for electricity over utilization limit

Guangdong Provincial Development and Reform Commission said it suspended implementation of the unified pricing rule of 0.463 yuan ($0.07) per kilowatt-hour in excess of the annual utilization hour allotment for all types of units connected to the grid. The suspension, which went into effect June 1, was made in view of the current power shortage and as a way to mobilize natural gas generating units, the commission said.

Guangxi province faces power supply shortage

Electricity demand has been on the rise in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, straining the power system, according to the South China Energy Regulatory Office of the National Energy Administration. The office discussed how to better ensure the power supply with Guangxi Power Grid Co. Ltd. The office raised the requirements for Guangxi Power Grid to secure the power supply, including supervising power plants’ coal storage, transportation and generation unit maintenance and strengthening the regulation of wind power and solar output; improving the maintenance plan and operation of grid equipment to ensure power supply capacity and reduce off-peak power supply; and taking measures for emergency preparedness.

Regulators plan for grid congestion relief in western Guangdong

Since the beginning of May, Guangdong province has continued to face high temperatures, driving up electricity demand, the South China Energy Regulatory Office of National Energy Administration said Thursday. Industrial enterprises throughout the province are now facing tight consumption limits. The office convened a symposium with local energy authorities, power dispatchers, power grid enterprises and some power generation enterprises and third-party design consulting agencies in Guangdong to jointly analyze the situation and develop countermeasures. In response to congestion on the grid, which is hindering some power plants’ output, the symposium proposed emergency measures and a long-term optimization plan. In the short term, off-peak power consumption pressure will be relieved by increasing power supply capacity.

State Grid pushes supplying Jilin’s electricity to southern China

A Wednesday meeting on electricity supply was attended by a delegation led by Xin Baoan, president and secretary of the Leading Party Members Group of State Grid, as well as Jing Haijun, secretary of the CPC Jilin Provincial Committee, and Han Jun, deputy secretary of the CPC Jilin Provincial Committee and provincial governor in Changchun. Xin promised that the State Grid would spare no efforts to secure Jilin’s power supply. Specifically, the State Grid will continue reinforcing power grid construction, optimizing power grid structure, improving resource allocation capacity and meeting social and economic development’s electricity demand. The State Grid will strive to fully support Jilin’s power transmission and progress toward the “two carbon goals” of peak emissions by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060.

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