According to Xinhua News Agency, the Baihetan hydroelectric dam in China has begun to store water in preparation for power generation in July.
Baihetan, a project undertaken by China Three Gorges Corporation, is a massive hydroelectric dam built on the Jinsha River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in southwestern China’s Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. The dam is a curved arch dam 277 meters high with a peak elevation of 827 meters. The width of the dam is 72 meters at the base and 13 meters at the top.
Despite the remote and rugged terrain, causing technical difficulties, the Baihetan dam took only 4 years to build, with 8 million cubic meters of concrete and cost 170 billion yuan (equivalent to 1 million USD). $26.1 billion). This second largest dam in the world has surprised many experts with the rapid speed of project implementation.
China’s newest hydroelectric power station will use 16 turbines, with a total installed capacity of 16 million kilowatts, generate more than 60 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year, and is expected to produce 16 times more energy than dams. Hoover in America.
The first batch of generating sets of Baihetan will come into operation in July 2021 and all units are expected to go into operation in July 2022.