UPDATE 2-China to import more fuels despite clean energy drive

Fri Jan 28, 2011 4:59am GMT

* Net coal imports to continue growing after record purchases

* Power use to grow at a slower pace of 9 pct this yr

* Starts building 20 GW hydropower this yr, 10 pct of total

* Adding one-third of wind power capacity in 2011 (Write through, add comments on coal, solar)

BEIJING, Jan 28 (Reuters) - China will ramp up conventional fuel imports and production to power its economy in 2011 despite accelerating efforts to develop clean, renewable and alternative energy.

The National Energy Administration (NEA) estimated on Friday that energy demand in the world's second largest economy will increase steadily but the growth could moderate from last year.

It did not provide an estimate of overall energy demand this year or energy used last year.

"China's net coal imports hit 146 million tonnes in 2010. It could keep increasing in 2011," Wang Siqiang, deputy head of general affairs department under the NEA, said in a quarterly press conference.

"Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, Columbia and Russia will continue increasing their percentages of exports to China along with their rising coal output in 2011."   Continued...

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