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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Chinese Converter to Import Power

BEIJING -- China has begun building a power converter in its northeastern province of Heilongjiang to expand electricity imports from Russia, the State Grid Corporation of China said Friday.

The Heihe converter, bordering Russia and with current converting capacity of 750 megawatts, would allow 4.3 billion kilowatt-hours of power imports a year when the converter and related power lines are ready by the end of 2008, the corporation said. Total investment was around 2 billion yuan ($2.64 million), the corporation said on its web site.

The planned import volume is equivalent to 41 percent of power consumption in 2006 in Harbin, capital of Heilongjiang. The two countries had agreed to expand annual power trade volume to 18 billion kilowatt-hours after 2010 and 38.4 billion kilowatt-hours after 2015.

Only 130 million kilowatt-hours flowed into Heihe city last year, local media have reported.