BEIJING, May 24 (Reuters) - Electricity supplies to industrial users will be further curbed in summer as power shortfalls are expected to worsen, China’s top power distributor said, in the latest warning of the worst summer power crunch in recent years.
Power deficit in areas serviced by the State Grid Corp of China (SGCC) will amount to 30 gigawatts in summer even if coal supplies are steady, water levels are normal and there are no persisting high temperatures, Shuai Junqing, vice general manager of SGCC, was quoted as saying by the State Grid News, a company newspaper.
The shortfalls will increase to around 40 GW if coal supplies tighten up, water stocks are less than normal and unusually high temperatures persist, Shuai told a company conference on Monday.
The forecasts suggest national power shortages could be worse than earlier estimated as several other provinces and regions serviced by the China Southern Power Grid also face electricity shortfalls.
For a table of China's power shortage forecasts by region, click: [ID:nL3E7FT1LR]; for a related analysis, click: [ID:nL3E7FT1FC] Reported by Jim Bai and Tom Miles; Editing by Jacqueline Wong