Building to start on China’s second mega hydropower project

9 December 2005 – Construction of China’s second largest hydropower station will begin in Sichuan Province before the end of the year as the country strives to send more power from the hydropower rich southwest to the power hungry east.

The Xiluodu hydropower plant will have an installed generating capacity of around 12 600 MW and is expected to cost $8.3bn. It will be located on the Jinsha River, upstream of the Yangtze River, which is home to the Three Gorges, the country’s largest hydropower plant.

When completed the new station will generate around $300m each year for the local area. It forms part of the country’s West to East transmission project.