China builds world’s second largest hydroelectric dam – Times of India

BEIJING: The first two production units of the world’s second largest hydroelectric dam in southwestern China were officially operational on Monday, the government announced.
bahetan damo It is part of Chinese efforts to curb growing demand for fossil fuels by building more, on the Jinsha River, a tributary of the Yangtze. hydroelectricity The potential is at a time when environmental complaints are not in favor of dams in other countries.
The announcement came before the verdict communist partyThis week’s celebration of the official 100th anniversary of the founding of 1921.
Plans for the 289-metre-high (954-foot-high) Baihetan Dam call for 16 generating units with a capacity of 1 million kilowatts each. which would make it second in size three Gorges Dam, opened in 2003 on the Yangtze with a generation capacity of 22.5 million kWh.
Both were built by state-owned Three Gorges Group Corp, the world’s largest investor in hydro, solar and wind generation. Hydropower is losing support in other countries due to complaints of flooding communities and agricultural land and disrupting the ecology of rivers, threatening fish and other species.
Despite criticism from environmentalists, Chinese leaders are building more dams in an effort to reduce dependence on coal and curb rising demand for imported oil and gas.
China is a leader in developing ultra-high-voltage, or UHV, transmission technology to transfer power from dams in the southwest to Shanghai and other eastern cities.
Once fully operational, the Baihetan Hydropower Station should eliminate the need to burn 20 million tons of coal annually, officials said. xinhua news agency Quoting the Three Gorges Group, he said.


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