Work underway at 1.2-GW Suwalong hydroelectric facility in Tibet


The China Huadian Corp. has begun construction of the 1.2-GW Suwalong hydroelectric facility on the Jinsha River, the upper section of the Yangtze River, according to several published reports. This location is at the junction of Mangkam County, Tibet Autonomous Region, and Batang County, Sichuan Province, in southwest China.

The project is expected to cost about US$2.77 billion and will include a 112-meter-high dam that will impound the Jinsha River to form a 674-million cubic meter reservoir.

The powerhouse will include four 300-MW mixed-flow generators, according to officials.

The Suwalong station is the first large-scale hydropower project constructed on the upper reaches of the Jinsha River. According to Tibet’s central government, it is also the first project regarding West-East electricity transmission projects, becoming an ice-breaking project in the hydroelectric development at the upper reaches of the river.

Officials said the Yangtze River will be dammed by the end of 2017 and the facility is expected to begin generating power by 2021.

Local reports say this is an important project with regard to supporting Tibetan socio-economic development, which was defined at the 5th National Conference on Tibet Work.

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