CHINA Concrete pouring for China's new mega hydropower dam completed

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Concrete pouring for China's new mega hydropower dam completed

Xinhua

07:42, June 01, 2021

KUNMING, May 31 (Xinhua) -- China's new mega hydropower station on the Jinsha River, an upper section of the Yangtze, saw the final concrete poured on its dam casting on Monday, bringing the project one step closer to going operational this summer.

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With a total installed capacity of 16 million kilowatts, the Baihetan hydropower station in southwest China is equipped with 16 hydro-generating units, each having a capacity of one million kilowatts, the largest in the world.

The dam is an ultra-high double-curvature arch dam with a maximum height of 289 meters and an arc length of 709 meters.

The concrete pouring of the dam started in April 2017, with a total casting volume of 8.03 million cubic meters for its main body.

In April, the Baihetan hydropower station started to store water at the dam, preparing to begin generating electricity in July.

Baihetan is the second-largest hydropower station in China in terms of installed capacity, second only to the Three Gorges Dam project in the central province of Hubei. The project has been undertaken by the China Three Gorges Corporation.

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