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RTE today signed a co-operation agreement with its counterpart the State Grid Corporation of China in Beijing

Source: RTE 11/05/2005

André Merlin, Director of RTE and Liu Zhenya, Chairman of SGCC, have signed a co-operation agreement between their two companies, in Beijing on Wednesday 11th May

Under the terms of the agreement with State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC), RTE plays up its know-how and experience of operating major power systems within an open market. The assistance provided focuses on the following areas:

  • grid development and maintenance,

  • the security and quality of supply,

  • balancing generation and consumption at all times (dispatching activities and information systems),

  • crisis management, risks and the effects of blackouts,

  • the consequences for grid operators of deregulation in the electricity sector.

RTE has already concluded similar agreements in the United States, Japan and South Korea.

Following completion of the programme of reforms launched in 2002, the Chinese government gave SGCC, which employs some 728,000 people, responsibility for managing and operating the power transmission and distribution grids across most of the country (with the exception of Southern China). China needs to develop its network in response to the vast investment currently being pumped into new generating facilities (which is seeing energy production boosted by approximately 20,000 megawatts per year). It plans to build a network of electricity "freeways", enabling it to transport energy from the west of the country towards the east. Eventually, there will be a truly interconnected network stretching right across China. To achieve this, State Grid Corporation of China plans to invest some ¤13 billion in the network each year between 2006 and 2010.

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