Ti­bet’s Largest Hy­dropower Sta­tion Com­pleted

China Today (English) - - FOCUS -

Af­ter eight years of con­struc­tion, and with an in­vest­ment of RMB 9.6 bil­lion, Ti­bet’s largest hy­dropower sta­tion be­came fully op­er­a­tional on Oc­to­ber 13. It is the first to be built on the trunk of the Yar­lung Zangbo River, and ex­pected to sig­nif­i­cantly al­le­vi­ate elec­tric­ity short­ages in cen­tral Ti­bet.

Po­si­tioned at over 3,300 me­ters above sea level, the Zangmu Hy­dropower Sta­tion has a to­tal in­stalled ca­pac­ity of 510,000 kilo­watts, and is de­signed to gen­er­ate 2.5 bil­lion kilo­watt hours of elec­tric­ity an­nu­ally. A ma­jor project listed in the 11th and 12th Five-year Plans, it is funded and op­er­ated by China Hua­neng Group and was built mainly by China Gezhouba Group Com­pany Ltd.

The Zangmu Sta­tion also fea­tures the largest en­vi­ron­men­tal-pro­tec­tion ac­ces­so­rial fa­cil­ity of hy­dropower projects in Ti­bet. The sta­tion in­cludes a waste in­cin­er­a­tion plant and a waste wa­ter treat­ment plant, among other fa­cil­i­ties. It has also con­ducted re­search on hy­draulics in fish pas­sages and the habits of rare fish species.

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