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China faces worst power shortage since 2004

One of China’s power
stations, which are
facing a major shortage
this year
Beijing, China — ESI-AFRICA.COM — 12 May 2011 – China looks set for its worst power shortages since 2004, putting pressure on already squeezed industries and raising the possibility of the world’s second-largest economy turning into a net importer of diesel.

Reuters reports that central, southwestern and eastern provinces have introduced power use restrictions and rationing since late March. This is well ahead of the peak demand season in summer, stoking worries that shortages could worsen and spread to more regions.

Available data suggests that China’s electricity supply will fall between 38.65 and 44.25GW short of demand later this year.