Four more units planned for Three Gorges

10 October 2005 – China will build four more super-large hydropower plants in the upper reach of Yangtze River in the next 5-10 years, according to the China Three Gorges Project Corporation (CTGPC).

The four super-large hydropower plants, namely Xiluodu, Xiangjiaba, Baihetan and Wudongde, will all be sited in the valley of Jinsha River, which, 3300 km long with 5100m head drop, boasts 112 million kW water resources reserve, 16 per cent of the country’s total.

CTGPC, as the project corporation, has got approval from the Chinese government to use revenue from the power generating of Three Gorges Project to develop cascade power plants on the Jinsha River. The four power plants will have a total installed capacity of 38.5 million kW, and their electric energy production will be equal to that of two Three Gorges projects.

Of the four power plants, Xiluodu is designed to have an installed capacity of 16.2 million kW and generate 57.6 billion kWh of electricity annually; Xiangjiaba, to have an installed capacity of six million kW and generate 29.3 billion kWh of electricity annually; Baihetan, to have an installed capacity
of 12.5 million kW and generate 55 billion kWh electricity annually; Wudongde, to have an installed capacity of 7.4 million kW and generate 33.9 billion kWh of electricity annually.

Construction of the Xiluodu and Xiangjiaba power plants and the preliminary preparation work of Baihetan and Wudongde will start in the 2006-2010 period. Xiluodu is scheduled for operation in 2011 and Xiangjiaba, 2013.

All of them will be equipped mainly with generating units developed and produced domestically, said Li Yongan, general manager of CTGPC, adding that it does not exclude the introduction and adoption of foreign advanced technologies.