China extends energy rationing to factories amid warmth wave
- August 23, 2022
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The “tense situation” of power supply in Sichuan province has “intensified further,” Tencent News reported.
THE China decided to extend until at least Thursday, the 25th, a energy rationing that forced factories in the southwest of the country to stop activities due to low water levels in hydroelectric reservoirs, according to a statement carried by local media, in another consequence of the hottest summer to hit the Chinese in several decades.
The “tense situation” of power supply in Sichuan province has “intensified further,” Tencent News reported on Monday.
The drought and heat wave damaged crops and caused rivers, such as the giant Yangtze, to shrink, interrupting the movement of cargo. State media say the government will try to protect the autumn grain harvest, which accounts for 75% of China’s annual total, by using chemicals to generate rain.
Companies in Sichuan that make processor chips, solar panels, automotive components and other industrial goods were forced to shut down or scale back operations in the last week to save energy for homes as demand for air-conditioning rose amid the jump. of temperatures.
The Chinese government says this year’s summer is the hottest and driest in the country since recording temperatures and rainfall began in 1961.