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China fires up coal power plant construction

Surge in first-quarter approvals possibly related to COVID-19 outbreak

Beijing is expected to focus on investing in infrastructure like power generation as it tries to restart the economy in the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak.   © Reuters

China approved nearly 10 gigawatts of new coal-fired power generation projects in the first quarter, roughly equal to the amount approved for all of last year, amid a broader scramble to jump-start an economy hobbled by the COVID-19 epidemic.

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