Coal reserves to release supply for summer peak electricity demand
Published: Jul 15, 2021 09:20 PM
Photo: Xinhua

Photo: Xinhua

China will distribute more than 10 million tons of coal from its reserves to guarantee supply across the peak summer season, as the country has reserve facilities with a storage capacity of 100 million tons, that can be arranged by the government, the Xinhua News Agency reported on Thursday. 

China has already distributed more than 5 million tons to the market on four occasions this year to meet demand, according to Xinhua, which cited sources from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). 

It emphasized that more than 10 million tons of coal are expected to be released to the market to safeguard supply. The coal is stored at major reserve bases and ports across the country. 

Electricity consumption in June rose 9.8 percent to 703 billion kilowatt hours (kwh) from a year earlier, with total consumption in the first half hitting 3.93 trillion kwh, up 16.2 percent year-on-year, according to data released by the National Energy Administration on Wednesday.

China has consolidated coal reserves with a capacity of 100 million tons, which can be arranged by the government, with reserve bases currently storing about 40 million tons of coal, according to media reports. 

The major reserve bases are mainly located in coal production and distribution centers, consumption centers, major railway transportation nodes and ports, China Central Television (CCTV) reported on Thursday, citing officials from the NDRC.

The CCTV report said that China allocates 1 billion yuan ($155 million) every year from the central budget to support the construction and maintenance of coal reserve facilities. 

China has also established a reserve management information system and distribution mechanism to better to ensure the effective management of coal distribution and stabilize the market, according to CCTV.  

The coal reserves will be organized and distributed to the market in an orderly manner in the near future to ensure stable supply, and China will further accelerate the construction of coal reserves to reach a capacity of 100 million tons, per media reports.