The Jinsha River in south China was blocked yesterday to make way for
construction of a new hydropower project on the upper reaches of the Yangtze
At a cost of 43.4 billion yuan (about US$6.3 billion), the Xiangjiaba
Hydropower Project is expected to be completed by 2015. It will be able to
generate 30.7 billion kw hours of electricity a year.
"Electricity generated by hydropower stations will mainly be sold to China's
eastern, southern and central regions," said Li Yong'an, general manager of the
China Yangtze River Three Gorges Project Development Corporation. "Sichuan and
Yunnan provinces will also benefit from it."
In addition to providing power, the project will play a role in flood control
and farmland irrigation.
About 125,100 people from three counties of Yunnan Province and three
counties of Sichuan Province have been resettled to make way for the project.
The Xiangjiaba project is one of a series of hydropower plants China plans to
build on the Jinsha River to supply electricity to its economically more
developed coastal regions.
The 2,290-kilometer-long Jinsha River, a tributary of Yangtze River,
originates in Tanggula Range and flows through Qinghai, Tibet, Yunnan, and
Water is mostly stored in the river's middle and lower reaches where China
plans to build 12 hydropower stations to share a 59.08- million-kilowatts