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Source: Reuters

China encourages coal, gas imports in power shortage

Published: 14 Jan 2010 17:52:11 PST

SHANGHAI, Jan 15 - The Chinese government is encouraging more coal and natural gas imports as part of an effort to increase supply of energy and counter power shortages across the country, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

The report did not give any detail on measures to spur imports.

Chinese vice premier Li Keqiang also urged coal mines to adhere strictly to fulfilling supply contracts and stressed safety in coal production.

He called for the acceleration of coal transport to replenish coal stocks in China's power plants ahead of the Lunar New Year holiday in mid-February.

Provinces and regions should coordinate on power transfers to keep power outages and rationing to a minimum, Li also said.

On the demand side, power supplies should be reduced for energy-intensive and high-emitting plants, as well as plants in industries with excessive production capacity, Li said.

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