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China's power capacity forecast to top 600,000 MW by end-2006

BEIJING, Oct 31, 2006 -- Asia In Focus

China's power generation capacity will exceed 600,000 megawatts (MW) by the end of this year, the China Electricity Council (CEC) announced on Monday. Wang Yonggan, secretary-general of the CEC, predicted that generators with 80,000 MW in installed capacity would begin operation this year.

More than 60,000 MW worth of generators began operation in China in the first three quarters, including 6,900 MW of hydropower and 52,800 MW of coal-fired power.

This represents record growth in electricity generation capacity, according to Wang.