Sichuan power supply and demand disruption after 60 years of heat wave, braking semiconductor production
According to Xinhua News Agency in Chinese state media, Sichuan has been struggling with hydropower due to droughts that lasted in July. In addition, the record heat wave has been continued after 60 years, which is the highest temperature of 40 ° C since August 7.
Sichuan Province, one of China’s largest castle, has a population of 84 million, and it is difficult to meet the demands of energy, which is significantly increased compared to the decreased power generation. Sichuan officials demanded temporary operation of several global corporate plants in 19 out of 21 cities in the region to resolve power supply pressure.
Sichuan Province is a production hub for global tech companies, including polysilicon required for solar panels and lithium used for various electronic batteries. Companies such as Apple product assembly company Foxconn, CATL, Volkswagen, and Intel, which produce Tesla’s batteries, have factories, and local authorities have ordered them to stop operating up to August 20.
Intel operates CD1 and CD6 plants in Chengdu-si, Sichuan. These factories used 6,046 million kWh (kilowattsi) for the fourth quarter of 2021. In order to compare with the general family, the Seoul Metropolitan Government’s average power consumption per household in Seoul was 362 kWh in August 2021.
Meanwhile, China is currently reported to have energy supply due to heat waves in other major areas such as Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang, and Anhui Province.