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Power company invests in Expo

2009. 27 July

by Yang Jian
( Electricity will not be a problem for World Expo 2010 Shanghai as the city's main power supplier will invest more than 26 billion yuan (US$3.8 billion) in the event, a senior official of the supplier said yesterday.

Shanghai Electric Power Company will invest 20 billion yuan this year to upgrade the city's electricity network, including building high efficient
substations and burying wires under ground, Teng Letian, chief engineer of the company, said yesterday as the steel structure was finished on the State Grid Pavilion at the World Expo site.

Another 6 billion yuan will be used to build five - three in Pudong and two in Puxi - 110-kilowatt substations on the Expo site.

A 500,000-kilowatt underground substation with the most advanced technology will be completed soon in downtown Jing'an District and it will be the main power supplier to the Expo site.

During periods of peak electricity use, some factories in the city will be ordered to close for one or two hours, said Gao Lei, deputy director of Shanghai Electric's media center.

She said the company will "try its best" to ensure a normal power supply to the Expo site and to residents without ordering any factories to close.

The city's daily power load hit a peak-period record of 23.8 gigawatts last Tuesday. More than 5,200 enterprises joined a staggered power-distribution scheme to avoid a blackout.

The move reduced total daily consumption by 820,000 kilowatts.

One of the five substations at the Expo site will be built under the State Grid Pavilion, built by the country's main power supplier.

Expo visitors will be able to enter the substation to watch how it works.

The pavilion will cost 400 to 500 million yuan, which will be shared by Shanghai Electric and State Grid, its parent company.