China to double gas-fired power capacity by 2020

New power plants are set to boost China’s gas generating capacity from 43.8 GW in 2013 to 85.5GW by 2020, say analysts.

GlobalData’s study has found that favourable policy-making towards gas, due to a need to reduce reliance on coal-fired power, will be largely responsible for the greater development of gas power.
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Gas power “is still at a nascent stage in China”, says Sowmyavadhana Srinivasan, GlobalData’s Senior Analyst for Power.

This is due to change, Srinivasan adds: “Improvements in the country’s gas infrastructure mean that it has experienced rapid growth, from 16.7 GW in 2007 to 43.8 GW in 2013… Rising electricity demand will also drive the market.”

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