South China's island province of Hainan anticipates annual power consumption to reach 30 terawatt hours (TWh) by the end of 2015, more than double 2011 consumption rates, the Hainan provincial government forecast Feb. 21.
Hainan consumed approximately 13.79 TWh of electricity last year, according to statistics released by the provincial arm of the National Energy Administration (NEA).
Insufficient power generation capacity forced the province to implement several rounds of rationing over the course of 2011, an official with the Hainan National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) told Interfax today. The source, who wished to remain anonymous, noted that Hainan is currently building a number of new power plants to meet the 2015 consumption target.
Hainan's first nuclear power plant, the Changjiang Nuclear Power Plant, is one of the projects aimed at expanding the province's power generation capacity. The plant's first two generators are scheduled to go on-line between 2015 and 2017 and will produce a total of nine TWh of electricity annually.
Meanwhile, China Huaneng Group will install two 350-megawatts (MW) thermal power generators in the Huaneng Orient Power Plant. The generators, which are expected to begin operations by 2015, will produce 4.5 TWh of electricity on a yearly basis.
Hainan's status as a tourism destination makes the inclusion of clean energy sources all the more important, said the NDRC official. The province houses five operational wind farms totaling 240-MW of installed capacity, with a handful of other wind power projects in the pipeline, he said.
To facilitate additional generation capacity, Hainan will invest RMB 23 billion ($3.65 billion) through 2015 updating the local power grid, the provincial government said.
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