China begins blocking river for second largest dam
November 12, 2007
China began damming the Jinsha River for its biggest hydroelectric project after the Three Gorges Project, reports Chinese state media.
The Xiluodu dam on the Jinsha River, a major tributary of the Yangtze River, will have an installed capacity of 12.6 million kilowatts, making it the third largest of its type in the world.
When completed, the dam will stand 278 meters high with a reservoir containing 11.57 billion cubic meters of water. The project is expected to cost 50.3 billion yuan ($6.76 billion).
Planners say the dam will increase the productivity of the Three Gorges hydropower plant and the Gezhouba hydropower plant by 379,200 kilowatts, enabling them to generate 1.88 billion kilowatts more power during the low-water season, said Xinhua.
China has plans to build a dozen power plants on the upper Yangtze.
Environmental, safety concerns mount over China’s Three Gorges Dam. Environmental problems are worse than anticipated at China’s massive Three Gorges Dam, reports the The Wall Street Journal. A year after its completion, there are rising concerns of pollution, landslides, and flooding.