China to invest more than 70 billion to upgrade infrastructure

BEIJING, CHINA - The State Grid Corporation of China (Beijing) announced that it will invest more than $70 billion to upgrade its infrastructure. Plans mainly focus on revising design standards for transmission lines nationwide.

Since the recent devastating snowstorms, the State Grid Corporation has also added design specifications regarding ice as well as for transmission lines in hard-to-reach areas.

The State Grid Corporation will complete reconstruction from the snowstorms according to original design standards. Repairs are expected to be complete by March 10. The implementation of the new guidelines could take three to five years, the State Grid Corporation said.

At the end of 2006, China had 281,500 kilometers of transmission lines at the 220-kilovolt level or higher, according to statistics from the State Electricity Regulatory Commission.

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