Power outages in China devastate factory work

China’s Sichuan province extended industrial power outages and yesterday activated its highest emergency measures to address “extremely outstanding” power supply shortages, adding to concerns for manufacturers in the region as they shutter factories.

Soaring temperatures and low rainfall since July, along with rising demand for air conditioning, have led to gaps in electricity supplies, the southwestern province said in a statement.

Officials extended an order restricting power to some industrial customers from an original end date of Aug. 20 to Aug. 25, Caixin reported.

This is the first time that Sichuan has launched a top-level emergency response after launching a power supply emergency response plan in January.

Actions in the plan include the launch of backup generators to initially meet the power needs of homes, key consumers and regions, and to maximize production of oil, gas and coal.

Sichuan is one of China’s most populous provinces and a major manufacturing center for batteries and solar panels for electronic vehicles.

Companies like Toyota and Contemporary Amperex Technology have been shutting down plants in the region for several days.

The power shortage poses another challenge for businesses already struggling with the country’s adherence to a zero-Covid plan that includes sudden lockdowns, constant testing and restrictions on movement.

This has affected the processing industry.

In fact, Jinko Solar — one of the world’s largest solar panel manufacturers — said two of its plants in Sichuan were affected by the power shortage.

It was said that the systems were now running at the protection level.
Some office buildings and shopping malls have also modified air conditioning, lighting, and escalators to conserve electricity.
According to Sichuan’s emergency energy plan, a level 1 emergency response makes it possible to ask the State Council for help to deal with the crisis and increases the frequency of communication between energy companies and the provincial government.

Peak electricity demand in Sichuan has risen to 65 gigawatts – a 25 percent jump from this time last year, local authorities and power grid officials said at a news conference on Saturday.
Data from the National Meteorological Center showed that Chengdu — the capital of Sichuan province — has not rained for 15 days this month and Chongqing has suffered from drought for 18 days.

https://www.independent.ie/business/world/power-cuts-in-china-playing-havoc-with-factory-work-41927008.html Power outages in China devastate factory work

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