The Three Gorges hydropower station will become the center for
China's power grid in 2011 when it goes into full operation with 32
power turbines, a senior official with the China Yangtze River
Three Gorges Project Development Corporation said on Thursday.
"By then, the power station will be capable of generating 100
billion kwh of electricity annually, thus providing an effective
guarantee for the security of power grids nationwide," Li Yong'an,
the corporation's general manger, told Xinhua in an exclusive
In line with the original plan, the Three Gorges Project will
have 26 power turbines on the left and right banks of the Three
Gorges Dam, with a combined generating capacity of 18.2 million
The gigantic project is expected to generate 84.7 billion kwh of
electricity annually when it is completed in 2009.
So far, workers have successfully installed 14 turbo-generators
on the left bank and all of them had been put into power generation
by September last year. They generated 49.09 billion kwh of
electricity in 2005 alone.
According to the original plan, 12 power turbines will be
installed on the right bank and they will be put into operation
in2007 and 2008, six in each year, Li said.
The State Council, or China's cabinet, later approved another
six turbines at an underground power station in a mountain close to
the right bank with a combined generating capacity of 700,000 kw,
The six turbines will go into operation in 2010 and 2011, three
in each, he said.
Launched in 1993, the Three Gorges Project, including a
2,309-meter-long, 185-meter-high dam, is being built in three
phases on the middle reaches of the Yangtze, China's longest
Besides its huge power generating capacity, the project is
expected to tame flooding on the Yangtze, fuel industrial growth in
the area and improve shipping.
(Xinhua News Agency May 19, 2006)