China, Russia to hold talks on energy

China and Russia will hold talks on energy on Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei announced Friday at a regular press briefing. According to Hong, the talks will be co-chaired by Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan and his Russian counterpart, deputy prime minister Arkady Dvorkovich. To facilitate bilateral cooperation on energy, China and Russia […]

China deploys uranium enrichment centrifuge

China’s largest atomic energy developer on Friday announced the successful installation of a domestically produced uranium enrichment centrifuge for industrial use. The centrifuge was built in a uranium enrichment plant in northwest China’s city of Lanzhou, according to a statement from the China National Nuclear Corporation (CNNC). Uranium centrifuges are necessary to obtain concentrated U235, […]

China to close over 5,000 non-coal mines in 2013

China’s safety watchdog said Wednesday it will suspend or shut down operations in over 5,000 non-coal mines that do not meet safety standards this year. The government will take steps to reduce accidents in non-coal mines and keep the death toll below 900 this year, according to a document released Wednesday by the State Administration […]

China to introduce carbon tax

China will proactively introduce a set of new taxation policies designed to preserve the environment, including a tax on carbon dioxide emissions, according to a senior official with the Ministry of Finance (MOF). The government will collect the environmental protection tax instead of pollutant discharge fees, as well as levy a tax on carbon dioxide […]

Northeast China’s first nuclear power plant starts operation

Northeast China’s first nuclear power plant starts operation

The Hongyanhe nuclear power station, the first nuclear power plant and largest energy project in northeast China, started operation on Sunday afternoon. The plant’s first unit went into operation at 3:09 p.m., said Yang Xiaofeng, general manager of Liaoning Hongyanhe Nuclear Power Co., Ltd. Construction on the first phase of the project, which features four […]

North China oilfield to resume operation after leak

The Penglai 19-3 oilfield, which experienced a severe oil leak in 2011, has been given official permission to resume operations, according to the State Oceanic Administration (SOA). The SOA said in a Saturday statement that the oilfield, jointly owned by the China National Offshore Oil Corp. (CNOOC) and the Chinese subsidiary of U.S. oil giant […]

Sinopec to sell cleaner gasoline in 2014

Sinopec Corp., Asia’s biggest oil refiner, has said it is upgrading desulphurization facilities and will supply cleaner oil products from 2014 over public concerns about oil quality.p Sinopec said in statement on Friday that it will build upgraded desulphurization facilities in 12 refineries by the end of 2013 and will sell oil products that meet […]

China’s petrochemical output up in 2012

China’s petrochemical industry saw steady growth in total output in 2012, but profits dropped from a year earlier due to weak demand, the country’s top economic planner said Saturday. The total output of the petrochemical industry rose 12.9 percent year on year to 10.86 trillion yuan (1.73 trillion U.S. dollars) last year, the National Development […]

China’s reliance on oil-gas imports growing

China is increasingly reliant on oil-gas imports and the country faces severe challenges in meeting its energy demands, a report released by China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) showed Wednesday. In 2012, China’s net oil imports amounted to 284 million tonnes, which means the country is 58 percent reliant on foreign supplies in this area, up […]

China clarifies stance on exploiting Yarlung Zangbo River

China has clarified its stance on exploiting the Yarlung Zangbo River, saying it takes a responsible attitude to using cross-border water resources. At a daily press briefing Wednesday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei made the comments when responding to a question on the issue. Media reports have said China plans to build three hydropower stations […]