China is set to have 8.7 GW of coal-fired capacity at the end of 2019 as the country continues its coal-to-natural gas switch to tackle air pollution.
The country will also close up outdated coal-fired power capacity as well as bigger coal plants of about 100,000kW located in areas covered by the large power grid.
China has been stepping up its coal-to-gas switch, but its coal capacity will continue to grow in years to come
The nation’s demand for natural gas and liquefied natural gas (LNG) imports are expected, as one of the most polluted industrialized provinces looks forward to having two million households switch their source of heat from coal to gas or electricity.
The Asian giant has a whopping 226 GW of new coal plants in the pipeline and is the country with the largest coal capacity pipeline in the world.