China's Huaneng Group to boost development
of renewable energy
Mar 27, 2008 - Asia Pulse
hina Huaneng Group, the country's largest power producer,
said it will boost the development of new energy such
as wind and solar power, in line with the government's
thrust for renewable energy.
The company has accelerated its development of wind
power in Guangdong, Jilin, Shandong, Inner Mongolia
and Hainan, said Huaneng President Li Xiaopeng.
"The company's wind power projects in operation
or under construction now have a total capacity of
1,347 mW," said Li. "We are also developing solar
power projects in the Northwest and biomass power
projects in Jilin province in Northeast China."
Besides wind, solar and biomass power, the company
will also increase its capacity of hydropower, thermal
and nuclear power, said Li.
Last year, the company's Yuhuan power plant in Zhejiang
started commercial operation. With four 1,000 mW ultra
supercritical units, it is one of the world's most
energy-efficient and environmentally friendly power
generating projects in the world.
The company is also developing China's first nuclear
plant using high-temperature, gas-cooled technology.
The 200 mW Shidaowan plant in Shandong involves a
total investment of 3 billion yuan (US$425.7 million).
Huaneng has launched the GreenGen project, the first
near-zero-emission integrated gasification combined
cycle (IGCC) power plant in China. Located in Tianjin,
the project has a capacity of 250 mW. Last year, US
coal company Peabody became an equity partner in the
Along with giving a push to new energy, Huaneng will
accelerate closures of small-scale power generating
units. In the first two months of this year, the company
has closed down power units with a total capacity
of 100 mW. By the end of 2007, the company closed
down a number of small-scale power units with a total
capacity of 2,391 mW.
In 2007, the company's sulfur dioxide emissions were
reduced by 8.88 per cent. By the end of last year,
57 per cent of the company's power units had been
installed with de-sulfur equipment.
Last year, the company signed an agreement with the
Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation,
Australia's national science agency, to develop clean-coal
power generation and carbon capturing and storage
The collaboration includes capturing power plants'
flue gases, coal gasification, coal gas purification
and other generation technologies. It will also include
a post-combustion capture pilot project at Huaneng
Beijing thermal power plant. Post-combustion capture
traps carbon dioxide from flue gases of power plants.