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China’s coal revival poses challenge for gas

The ongoing trade spat with the US appears to have given the role of coal in China’s power sector renewed momentum as the government prioritises economic growth and energy security The ongoing trade spat with the US appears to have given the role of coal in China’s power sector renewed momentum as the government prioritises economic growth and energy security.
By Colin Shek 6 January 2020 Asia Pacific / Alternative Fuels 0 34905
China's Datang-Changchun coal power station. (China Datang Group)

China’s coal-fired power fleet will continue to modernise and improve its environmental credentials during the upcoming 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025). This could squeeze the potential room for gas-fired power generation to grow over the same period.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told a meeting of the National Energy Commission last October that, as coal continues to dominate China’s energy mix, efforts should be made to plan coal exploitation in a in a more environmentally responsible way. The remarks were widely seen as a...