Continuous growth in India's CO2 emissions.
After three years of stagnation linked to weak economic growth, reductions in energy intensity and changes in the fuel mix, global CO2 emissions grew by 2.1% in 2017. CO2 emissions remained stable in the United States, in line with its energy consumption, but the strong economic growth pushed China’s coal consumption – and CO2 emissions – upward, despite its coal-to-gas switching policy that had maintained its emissions stable since 2014.
The global economic growth helped raise energy consumption and CO2 emissions in most countries, such as India, Russia, Japan, South Korea, Canada or Iran. Adverse hydropower conditions also contributed to the increase in Brazil and Europe (significant 1.9% increase in 2017 compared with a -1.9% average decrease in the past decade; emissions grew particularly in Turkey (higher use of coal), Germany, Spain, Poland and France but fell in the United Kingdom against higher renewable generation.
Conversely, CO2 emissions decreased in Mexico and in Ukraine, where coal consumption was cut by a higher nuclear generation.
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South African miner Exxaro Resources is looking forward to supply coal to state-run power utility Eskom, which is facing critical supply shortages and currently has fewer than 20 days of coal supply at 10 of its power plants in South Africa’s Mpumalanga province. The group suffers from significant financial difficulties and only focuses on supporting its coal-fired plants.
Japanese gas utility Tokyo Gas intends to diversify its LNG procurement portfolio, but will not seek to raise its LNG purchases from the United States. The group recently began to receive LNG volumes from Dominion Energy’s Cove Point liquefaction terminal (Maryland, US) and has also signed agreements to purchase fuel from the Cameron LNG project (Louisiana, US). However, Tokyo Gas will rather seek to have the most diversified LNG supply portfolio as possible.
Pakistan state-run hydropower company Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has synchronized the third and last unit of the 1,410 MW Tarbela-4 extension hydropower project with the domestic power grid. The project is located on the Indus river in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region (Pakistan) and entails three turbine-generator units with a capacity of 470 MW each. With the completion of the project, the total capacity of the Tarbela power plant will increase from the current 3,478 MW to 4,888 MW.
The governments of Ghana and Burkina Faso have inaugurated the 225 kV interconnection line, a 188-km long line spreading from Bolgatanga (Ghana) to Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). The 100 MW line paves the way for exporting of power from Ghana to Burkina Faso.