The Three Gorges Project, the world's largest hydroelectric
project, is ready to store water to the 156 meter mark following
this year's flood season.
The third phase for the water storage of the project has met the
requirements for 156-meter-high water level, said the technological
assessment committee of the third phase construction of the Three
Gorges Project, under the State Council, after days of
The 156-meter-high water level is the second phase of water
storage for the Three Gorges Project, with its current water level
at around 135 to 139 meters high.
The stored water level will reach 175 meters, the highest, when
it completes in 2009.
The project's main dam, which is 2,309 meters long and 185
meters high above sea level, was completed on May 20 this year.
Launched in 1993, the Three Gorges Project, built at an
estimated cost of 180 billion yuan (approximately US$22.5.
billion), will be installed with 26 generators with the combined
generating capacity amounting to 18.2 million kw and be able to
generate 84.7 billion kwh of electricity annually.
(Xinhua News Agency September 6, 2006)