Date
16 December 2017
The power sector has become the new focus of attention in the fight against graft. Photo: Bloomberg
The power sector has become the new focus of attention in the fight against graft. Photo: Bloomberg

Power sector is the new battlefield in graft fight

Mainland graftbusters have switched their attention from oil and gas company PetroChina to the power sector, with several senior energy officials coming under investigation for suspected bribe-taking, National Business Daily reported Monday.

Xu Yongsheng, deputy director of the National Energy Administration (NEA), and Wang Jun, deputy head of the administration’s new energy department, have had their movements restricted, the report said, quoting a statement issued by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate on May 23.

Three days earlier, Hao Weiping, the director of the NEA’s nuclear power department, and Wei Pengyuan, the deputy director of the NEA’s coal department, were put under investigation on the same charges.

The report said Hao, Wang and Xu had leadership roles in regulating the power sector. Hao took over from Wang as regulatory chief in 2002, while Xu was elevated to deputy head in December 2012.

The regulator is responsible for approving grid plans, power transmission projects, power stations and plants.

Wang is widely considered the main architect of China’s landmark electricity reform blueprint.

In addition, Wang Baodong, former deputy general manager of Power Construction Corp. of China, was expelled from the Communist Party and stripped of his official position over his involvement in bribery cases, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection said in a statement on its website on Monday. 

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