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South China faces manufacturing curbs amid power shortages

Ramped up factory activity and hot weather strain energy supplies

Factories like this one in Guangdong Province are facing power supply interruptions as hot weather, low rivers and increased industrial activity overload power generation facilities.   © Reuters

Factories in South China's manufacturing hub of Guangdong Province were told by power suppliers to cut electricity usage by curbing operations, as rising power consumption amid hot weather strains the region's power system.

Since mid-May, 17 cities like Guangzhou, Zhuhai and Dongguan have limited power usage. A local power supplier in Dongguan, home to thousands of factories manufacturing products from diapers to clothing to cellphone parts, said off-peak power consumption measures will last till the end of the year.

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