China to shutter 8.7GW of coal capacity by year’s end

first_imgChina to shutter 8.7GW of coal capacity by year’s end FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:China will aim to shut a total of 8.66 gigawatts (GW) of obsolete coal-fired power capacity by the end of this year, its energy regulator said, part of its efforts to curb smog and greenhouse gas emissions. The National Energy Administration didn’t say how much of the target, equal to just under 1 percent of total capacity, had already been met.All provinces and regions have been ordered to shut coal-fired power units with a capacity of less than 50,000 kilowatts (kW), the regulator said on its website on Sunday.Larger units of up to 100,000 kW in regions covered by large-scale power grids will also be eliminated, along with those that have reached the end of their designed service period, it said.Central China’s Henan province, one of the country’s most polluted regions, is under pressure to shut 1.6 GW this year, while southeastern Guangdong province near Hong Kong will shut 2.3 GW.China has promised to ease its dependence on coal, and it has also forced most of its coal-fired power plants to install ultra-low emissions technology in a bid to curb smog.But while China has cut the share of coal in its total energy mix from 68% in 2012 to 59% last year, overall consumption has continued to increase, and environmental groups estimate that it still has more than 200 GW of new coal-fired capacity in the pipeline.More: China aims to shut 8.7 GW of coal power by year-end – regulatorlast_img read more

New approach to inspections needed

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionI don’t understand the way the city of Schenectady handled, or failed to handle, the building at 104 Jay St. that burned down, causing several fatalities. Saratoga Springs has a different approach. I own a commercial property in Saratoga.It was built in the 1950s. Fifty-five years after it was built, the state Department of Health mandated that I, the owner, install two fire doors off the boiler room, install a check valve in the sprinkler system to prevent backflow, and install a fire alarm system. The fire alarm system was to include a control panel, backup battery, heat sensor, sprinkler flow sensor and a pull station.   I submitted a design. I coupled the fire doors into the fire alarm system, whereby alarm activation automatically closes the fire doors. The Health Department made several design comments, which were then resolved. The system was installed and operational a few months later. It’s inspected annually. Who inspects it? Not the building inspector. Every year, I’m required to hire a private firm that does such inspections.Results are available on-site and are submitted to the local government agency. The inspecting firm can resolve any issues on the spot, since they also do installations. In fact, every year, I’m required to have five separate inspections, not one of which is done by the building inspector.What is inspected and who inspects? Rooms — fire departments; boiler, fire alarm system, sprinkler system and fire extinguishers — a private firm.If you think about it, the more trained people conducting inspections, the less likely something will be missed.Dick ValeSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:Motorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crashFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stoplast_img read more

Ilva begins assault on UK market in Thurrock

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Doctors and nurses wanted: Regions brace for COVID-19 amid medical staff shortage

first_imgRegional hospitals across the nation are bracing for a surge in COVID-19 patients as they face a shortage of doctors and nurses with expertise in respiratory illnesses.As the number of COVID-19 patients continues to rise – reaching 579 on Monday – the need for medical staff has also grown.In North Sumatra, the province’s COVID-19 rapid-response team has trained non-pulmonologist doctors and nurses to cover the shortage of medical staff handling COVID-19 patients in the province. Team leader Riadil Akhir Lubis said that the trainers included doctors who helped observe Indonesians repatriated from Wuhan in China – the virus’s initial epicenter – during their quarantine period in Natuna, Riau Islands.”The first phase resulted in 60 trained doctors and nurses. After this, more doctors and nurses will be trained, this will go on continuously since there is a lack medical personnel for COVID-19 in North Sumatra,” Riadil said on Monday.The trained doctors and nurses will also be given a COVID-19 handbook in the hope they will soon be ready to anticipate the increasing number of COVID-19 patients.North Sumatra Health Agency head Alwi Mujahit Hasibuan said that in choosing the doctors and nurses who would receive the training, the rapid-response team referred to the recommendations given by several doctors’ and nurses’ associations. Meanwhile, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) only has four pulmonologists to cover COVID-19 patients across 23 regencies and cities.The four doctors, who are currently resident in Kupang, are expected to be mobile and ready to treat COVID-19 patients anywhere around the region.NTT administration spokesperson Marius Jelamu said that Governor Viktor Bungtilu Laiskodat had rented an airplane to help transport the doctors across the province.”The administration has also ordered 15,000 masks, personal protective equipment and disinfectant from Jakarta. It is expected to arrive within two or three days,” Marius Jelamu told The Jakarta Post on Monday.He said the administration had been coordinating closely with the COVID-19 referral hospitals in Jakarta regarding medical equipment and staff. As of Monday afternoon, Indonesia had recorded 579 confirmed COVID-19 cases nationwide, with 49 deaths. (trn)Topics :last_img read more