China hopes Russian coal will help fill energy shortages

Key points

– The Suifenhe railway junction in northeastern Heilongjiang province is improving logistics as coal supplies increase.

– Electricity supplies from Russia to China through the Amurskaya-Heihe power transmission line tripled last week.

China is trying to solve the problem of electricity shortages, and in this it has been helped by Russia. Russia is increasing its exports of coal and electricity, as reported by state media and government departments.

The Chinese customs administration said Wednesday that total coal purchases in September increased 17% to 32.9 million tonnes, the highest in a year. The government is making further efforts to ensure a stable supply of energy resources before the winter peak in demand.

Fueled by fuel shortages and record high prices, the energy crisis has forced the government to take various measures to increase coal production and regulate electricity demand. Electricity rationing measures have been introduced in some provinces.

From October 1 to October 7, more than 5,000 tons of coal were transported through this hub every day.

Last week, the Chinese state-owned electricity company said that the supply of electricity from Russia to China through the Amurskaya-Heihe transmission line had been increased from five to 16 hours a day.

On Sunday, over 50,000 tons of coal were also delivered to China’s eastern province of Zhejiang.

The energy crisis in China and Europe has demonstrated that the transition from fossil fuels to green energy has turned out to be much more difficult and time-consuming than many expected.

For the foreseeable future, there are simply no real alternatives to coal and gas as the main sources of electricity and heating.

Energy alliance between Moscow and Beijing

The energy shortage in China should strengthen the energy alliance between Moscow and Beijing. Russia is China’s closest external source of coal, gas and oil. Beijing may give the go-ahead for the construction of the Power of Siberia-2 gas pipeline. Through that Russian gas from Western Siberia will be supplied to China via Mongolia. “

There are several reasons for China’s electricity shortage. One is that coal prices are not regulated. However, electricity prices are regulated. That makes generating companies reluctant to get involved in generating electricity as it gives them less profit.

Foreign companies are sounding the alarm over the deficit. Representatives of the European Union Chamber of Commerce said that firms sometimes receive notifications in just an hour about the need to redistribute shifts. And this is in enterprises where a thousand people work. “We need to better communicate with the government to help our companies cope with problems,” said Jörg Wuttke, head of the chamber. – We are not asking for privileges. We just want clarity. “

The Chamber of Commerce has asked the authorities to reconsider their decisions on which companies should cut or stop production. They are urging them to take a “scientific, transparent approach” and better communicate their decisions.

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