China completes river damming for
second largest hydropower plant project
Nov 8, 2006 - Xinhua
China successfully dammed the Jinsha River on Thursday,
marking a key step in the construction of the Xiluodu
hydropower plant. When completed, the dam will be
the second largest of its type in the country after
the massive Three Gorges Project.
Wang Shukai, deputy director of the project under
the China Three Gorges Project Corporation, said it
took workers 30 hours to complete the damming at 15:38
p.m. at Xiluodu in the southwestern Sichuan Province.
At that spot, the river is 47 meters wide and runs
at a speed of seven meters per second.
"This power plant will contribute to the country's
drive of developing undeveloped western regions and
to the promotion of a sustainable development of society,
economics and environment," he said.
With a designed installed capacity of 12.6 million
kilowatts, the Xiluodu plant will be the nation's
second largest hydropower plant following the Three
Gorges Plant and the third largest of its type in
When finished in 2015, the dam will stand 278 meters
high with a reservoir containing 11.57 billion cubic
meters of water.
The annual power output of the plant is equivalent
to that generated by about 41 million tons of coal
and will greatly reduce pollution.
The project, with an investment of 50.34 billion
yuan (6.76 billion U.S. dollars), started construction
in 2005. It will increase the capacity of the Three
Gorges and Gezhouba plants by 379,200 kilowatts in
total and enable them to generate about 1.88 billion
kwh more power accumulatively during the low-water