Jun 16, 2021 08:11 AM

Energy Insider: South China Nuclear Plant Denies Leak Reports; 25 People Killed in Hubei Gas Explosion

Thousands of rescuers, including firefighters and medical workers, are working at the site of a massive gas pipe explosion at the Yanhu community market of Shiyan, Central China's Hubei province
Thousands of rescuers, including firefighters and medical workers, are working at the site of a massive gas pipe explosion at the Yanhu community market of Shiyan, Central China's Hubei province

In today’s Caixin energy news wrap: A gas explosion in central China’s Hubei province kills at least 25 with more victims still buried; China’s crypto mining crackdown spreads to southwest province of Yunnan; Central Asia’s largest wind power projects to plug in; and a Guangdong nuclear plant disputes reports of a leak.

Taishan nuclear plant disputes leak reports

A nuclear power plant in Taishan, South China’s Guangdong province, disputed media reports of a possible leak, saying all environmental indicators remain “normal.” CNN reported Sunday that the U.S. government spent the past week assessing a report of a leak at the Taishan plant after a warning of an “imminent radiological threat” from France’s Framatome, which partially owns and operates the plant. Taishan Nuclear Power Joint Venture Co. Ltd., the plant’s operator, said Saturday that all environmental indicators at the Taishan nuclear plant and the surrounding vicinity remain at normal levels.

Gas explosion kills at least 25 in central China

At least 25 people died after a gas pipe exploded in a residential community food market in Central China’s Hubei province, leaving dozens buried in the debris, according to Chinese media and local government statements. At least 138 more were injured. The blast, which occurred around 6:30 a.m. Sunday in the city of Shiyan, caused the market in the Yanhu community to collapse, leaving “many” residents and vendors trapped underground, local authorities said. The cause of the blast remains under investigation.

Ganfeng Lithium to invest in Mali mine

A unit of Jiangxi Ganfeng Lithium Co. Ltd. (002460.SZ) will acquire 50% of a Netherlands-based special purpose vehicle for $130 million, the company said Monday. The deal will give Ganfeng access to lithium from the mineral spodumene produced by the Goulamina mine project in Mali. The mine has proven reserves of 8.4 million tons of spodumene with an average grade of 1.57%. After the transaction, Ganfeng may consider putting up as much as $40 million to help develop the project.

Yunnan cracks down on unauthorized crypto mining

Southwest China’s Yunnan province became the latest province to crack down on virtual currency mining, which consumes vast amounts of electricity. The Energy Administration of Yunnan issued a notice Friday ordering a probe into misappropriation and unauthorized use of electricity by bitcoin miners by the end of June, local media reported. Illegal mining activities will be shut down, a government document circulated online said. Yunnan, China's fourth-biggest bitcoin mining hub, joined several other areas restricting crypto mining, including Inner Mongolia, Xinjiang and Qinghai.

CDB to set up special $78 billion loan for two carbon goals

Policy lender China Development Bank (CDB) plans to set up a 500 billion yuan ($78 billion) special loan quota to support China’s carbon peak and neutrality goals during the 14th Five-Year Plan. The first 100 billion yuan of loans will be issued in 2021. The funds will mainly support major projects developing water, wind and solar power, cross-region power transmission and hydrogen energy, among others.

Central Asia’s largest wind power project to start operation

The Zhanatas 100 megawatt wind power plant in Kazakhstan will be completed and start operation by the end of June, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The project, which is Central Asia’s largest wind power plant, was jointly backed by China Power International Holding Ltd. and Visor Kazakhstan. The plant can generate 350 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year, enough to power 1 million Kazakh homes.

Guizhou deploys world’s first purely electric bulldozer

The world’s first purely electric bulldozer, the “SD17E-X,” was officially delivered and put into service in Zunyi, Guizhou province. The equipment is the first zero-emissions bulldozer. The 240 kilowatt-hour bulldozer can operate continuously for five to six hours on a full charge. Compared with traditional fuel-powered equipment, the bulldozer can reduce running costs by more than 60%.

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