Three Gorges Goes to Jinsha River to Become the World's Largest Hydropower Enterprise

The China Three Gorges Group, which was established to build the Three Gorges Project, has turned its sights beyond the Yangtze River after successfully completing the construction of the Three Gorges Hydropower Station. The Jinsha River has become another major battlefield for the Three Gorges Group. At present, the total hydropower installed capacity of Three Gorges Group that has been put into production, under construction, and planned for construction exceeds 68 million kilowatts, which has become the world's largest hydropower development company. According to the plan, after the hydropower stations planned for the Jinsha River are put into operation around 2020, the hydropower installed capacity of the Three Gorges Group will reach 80 million to 100 million kilowatts, which will further stabilize the world’s largest hydropower company.

Shi Lishan, Deputy Director of the New Energy and Renewable Energy Division of the National Energy Administration, attended the launching ceremony of the first national hydropower photo contest of the “China Three Gorges Cup” in Beijing today. During the “12th Five-Year Plan” period, the National Energy Administration’s layout on hydropower was focused. We will promote the construction of hydropower bases in the Jinsha River, Yalong River, Dadu River, Lancang River, the upper reaches of the Yellow River, Nujiang River, etc. We will build large hydropower stations such as Xiangjiaba and Xiluodu as soon as possible, rationally allocate pumped-storage power stations, and develop small hydropower in line with local conditions.

Zhu Guangming, director of China Three Gorges Corporation’s news and publicity center, stated at the launch ceremony that after successfully building the Three Gorges hydropower station, the state authorized Three Gorges Group to develop the Jinsha River water resources and organize the construction of Xiluodu, Xiangjiaba, Wudongde and Baihetan. A giant power station. The Xiluodu and Xiangjiaba hydropower stations were formally started in 2005 and 2006 respectively, and they are scheduled to be put into operation in 2013 and 2012 respectively. Wudongde and Baihetan Hydropower Station have been allowed to carry out preliminary work. The planned installed capacity of these four power plants is 43 million kilowatts, which is equivalent to two Three Gorges Projects, with an annual power generation of 175.3 billion kwh.

The Three Gorges Dam, which was constructed by the Three Gorges Project, was formally constructed in 1994. It began to store water in 2003 and was completed in 2009. The initial plan is for 26 sets of 700,000 kilowatts, which means an installed capacity of 18.2 million kilowatts and an annual power generation of 84.7 billion kilowatts. Later, an underground power station was built on the right bank of the Baishijian Mountain and 6 sets of 700,000 kilowatts of hydro-generators were built. In addition to the Three Gorges Power Station's own two 50,000 kilowatts of power plants. The total installed capacity has reached 22.5 million kilowatts, and the annual power generation is about 100 billion kilowatt-hours (5 times the Gezhouba Dam, 10 times the Daya Bay nuclear power, accounting for about 3% of the country's total annual power generation, and 20% of the hydropower generation).

Zhu Guangming stated that after the completion of the four major power stations in the Jinsha River by 2020, there will be five of the world's 10 largest hydropower stations. The Xiangjiaba hydropower station will be equipped with 800,000 kilowatts, which will exceed the world’s largest 700,000 kilowatts. "Up to 2020, 60% of the world's more than 700,000 kilowatts of turbines will be the Three Gorges Group," said Zhu Guangming.