Date
11 December 2017
Hongkong Electric's Lamma Power Station is a key component of the city's electricity network. The Hong Kong government is proposing to increase the share of power the city sources from the mainland.  Photo: HKEJ
Hongkong Electric's Lamma Power Station is a key component of the city's electricity network. The Hong Kong government is proposing to increase the share of power the city sources from the mainland. Photo: HKEJ

Southern Power hits back at HK supply worries

China Southern Power Grid Co. Ltd. has rejected concerns about the reliability of its electricity supply, saying such worries about Hong Kong sourcing power from the company are absurd, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported Friday.

Pang Xiaogang, director of Southern Power’s international office, said Thursday that a clause could be added to the purchase contract to ensure Hong Kong gets priority access to power from the grid.

Pang’s comments are the company’s first response to community and Hong Kong power company concerns about a government proposal to ramp up the share of electricity it gets from the mainland.

Southern Power is notorious for supply disruptions, racking up 33 minutes in general and just under 8.6 minutes in commercial districts last year in Shenzhen, compared with 2.3 minutes and less than 1 minute in Hong Kong.

But Pang refused to estimate the length of supply disruptions Hong Kong can expect if his company supplies more power to the city, only saying that the proposal to source 30 percent of the city’s needs from across the border would account for just 1 percent of its total electricity output by 2023.

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