The construction work of Jinping 1 Hydropower Station began on 13 November 2005. Jinping 1 Hydropower Station is a large hydroelectic power generation project on the Yalong River in Sichuan, China. The Yalong River, which the dam will control, is the largest tributary of the Jinsha. For the project, approximately 7,500 inhabitants will be relocated.
The main structure of Jinping 1 Hydropower Station will be a 300 meter high elbow rope wall, to which a 3600-megawatt power station will be attached. It will become the highest or one of the two highest dams on earth, since the Rogun dam, at 335 meters in height, is not yet built. Thyssenkrupp supplied a cableway for the building site.
The power station will have six turbines, each capable of producing 600 megawatts, for a total of 3600 megawatts. The annual production of Jinping I is estimated to be between 16 and 18 TW·h. Expectations are that power first will be generated in 2012 with the remainder of the work completed by 2014.
Originally Posted: China Business Daily
Author: Angulo Fu