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China Risks Winter Energy Crunch With Struggle to Get Supplies

  • Power plants are running low on coal inventories: state media
  • Officials say ‘almost impossible’ to buy coal, paper reports
Photographer: Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

China is at risk of the same energy-crunch chaos seen in Europe, with a state-run newspaper warning that coal-fired power plants will struggle to keep the lights on this winter.

The nation’s coal-based power producers, which account for more than 70% of the country’s electricity generation, are unable to buy enough fuel after prices surged, state-run China Energy News said in a report dated Sept. 18.