China to Create Nationwide Power Grid Network
Nov 23, 2000 - People's Daily
China will set up a unified power
grid network across the nation by the year 2020,
according to Sinoprojects.com.
The leading website on investment
projects in China quoted sources with the State
Development Planning Commission (SDPC) as saying
that the central government is taking effective
measures to connect the existing cross-province
power grids and independent power generators.
By 2010, three large regional power
grid centers will be built in northern, southern
and central China.
The central power grid center, with
the Three Gorges power grid at the core, will embrace
the existing Central China Power Grid, East China
Power Grid, and Chuanyu (Sichuan Province-Chongqing
Municipality) Power Grid.
The northern center involves the current
North China Power Grid, Northeast China Power Grid,
and Northwest China Power Grid, while the southern
center will cover Yunnan, Guizhou and Guangdong
provinces and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region.
The regional powers grid centers will
be partially hooked up within 10 years, to create
a framework for the unified national power grid
Before 2020, China will complete a
series of big hydropower stations along the Honghe
and Lancang rivers, and at the upper reaches of
the Yellow and the Yangtze, China's two largest
Meanwhile, many long-distance transmission
lines with a large power delivery capacity, a key
link in the construction of the nationwide power
grid network, will be built.
Completion of the network will facilitate
transmission of thermal power from the north to
the south and of hydropower from the west to the
east, the SDPC sources said.
In addition, the northern power grid
center is expected to be linked up with the Russian
power grid network by 2020, while the southern power
grid center is likely to connect with the Thai power
The SDPC sources said that the on-going
project to transport electricity from the west to
the east will contribute to the construction of
the nationwide power grid network.
China has made remarkable progress
in transmitting electricity from the resources-rich
west to the economically-developed east.
More thermal power plants are to be
built in western Inner Mongolia, Shanxi and Shaanxi
provinces, Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, and western
Henan Province to shore up the west-to-east power
transmission program, according to Sinoprojects.com.