Grid interconnection project sends 6.55 bln kWh of electricity out of Tibet

LHASA, Nov. 18 (Xinhua) -- A total of 6.55 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity has been transferred from southwest China's Tibet Autonomous Region through the Qinghai-Tibet grid interconnection project, according to the State Grid's Tibet branch.

The amount is equivalent to 2.16 million tonnes of standard coal and has reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 5.38 million tonnes.

Tibet is rich in hydraulic and solar power resources. In 2015, the State Grid's Tibet branch began to transfer electricity out of Tibet.

Since the start of this year, the electricity company has sent 1.7 billion kWh of clean energy out of Tibet, up 15 percent year-on-year.

Chung Drolma, a company representative, said that State Grid's electricity transmissions from Tibet is expected to exceed 1.8 billion kWh by the end of the year.

The Qinghai-Tibet grid interconnection project begins in Xining, capital of Qinghai Province, and ends in Lhasa, the regional capital of Tibet. The grid lines, measuring a total of 2,530 km, have been laid across the plateau at an average altitude of 4,500 meters.