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Beijing suspends last of its coal-fired power plants

Boys look at a phone next to a coal-fired power plant on the outskirts of Beijing in November Beijing shuts down its last coal-fired power plant as part of bid to clear air
Manuel Armenta | 21 Marcha, 2017, 02:04

Beijing, China-a city known for its terrible air pollution-no longer has any large coal-fired power plants adding to the problem.

The power plant is located in a suburban area in eastern Beijing and was responsible for providing heating to a 30-million-sqm area in southeastern Beijing.

Du Chengzhang, the plant's general manager, said it is an efficient and environmental friendly plant with advanced emission treatment equipment.

Beijing has shut down four major large-scale coal-fired plants in recent years.

After the suspension of the plant on Saturday, about 1.76 million tons of coal, 91 tons of sulfur dioxide and 285 tons of nitrogen oxide emissions a year will be cut.

Despite being shut down, one coal-fired unit will be maintained, as it serves as the only backup unit for the city's winter heating system.

Cai said a new power plant that will use natural gas as fuel is under construction and will start operating soon, adding that the municipal government will provide support to the company during transition.

The Huaneng Beijing Thermal Power Plant's final unit suspended operations on March 18, marking the end of coal-fueled generation in the city.

In addition to Huaneng, three plants which consumed over 6.8 million tonnes of coal annually were closed in 2014 and 2015.

There is no clean, lovely coal in Beijing anymore, to take from Donald Trump's preferred way of describing the black rock used to power most of the world's energy grid.

To take its place, Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems supplied four gas turbines, at least two of which will operate in a combined cycle configuration for cogeneration purposes.