China building dam in advance of $740m Tibetan hydro project

As part of its 13th five year plan China has stepped up its efforts in the area of hydropower and is currently building a dam on the Xiabuqu river in Tibet, part of the construction of the major Lalho hydroelectric power project.

Head of the project's administration bureau Zhang Yunbao was quoted by Xinhua news agency as saying that the project will cost $740m, and is scheduled for a 2019 completion.
The project includes construction of two power stations with a combined generation capacity of 42 MW, and will produce 85 million kilowatt-hours of electricity annually.

China’s hydropower plans have other plants designated that originate in the Tibetan plateau, including Yarlung Zangbo, Lancang (Mekong) and Nu (Salween), The Hindu reported.

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