China’s Coal Power Generation Rising For Second Year: Citi

  • Date: 31/03/17
  • Platts

China’s coal-fired power generation as a percentage of the total energy mix is on the rise for the second year, despite the push towards renewable capacity additions in the country, Citi analysts said Friday. 

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The share of thermal power in the generation mix declined to 73% in 2015 from 83% in 2011. 

Thermal has since grown to 74% of the mix in 2016 and to 78% in January-February this year, the analysts said. 

“Hydropower generation was down 5% year on year in January-February 2017 and that contributed to thermal power growing faster than overall power demand,” they said. 

A 5% growth in China’s coal-fired power generation would mean an additional consumption of about 65 million mt of coal, with the size of the entire seaborne market at about 850 million mt, the analysts said. 

China’s January-February total coal imports have surged 48.5% year on year to 42.61 million mt, according to customs data. 

Nuclear and wind — which account for about 4.8% of the mix — and solar, which accounts for less than 1%, are continuing to grow at double-digit percentages, but they are “still a small proportion” of the overall electricity demand balance, the analysts said. 

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