Baihetan hydroelectric power station--Yunnan
- Description: Baihetan hydroelectric power station is located just upstream of the Yangtze River on the Jisha River in Yunnan province. The 18.8 billion-cubic-meter storage capacity and 12,000 megawatts of installe
The Baihetan hydroelectric power station is located just upstream of the Yangtze River on the Jisha River in Yunnan province. The 18.8 billion-cubic-meter storage capacity and 12,000 megawatts of installed capacity make it only slightly smaller than the Three Gorges hydroelectric power station. Along with the Three Gorges project, Baihetan is part of a strategic initiative to meet China’s growing demand for power by building cascading power stations on the Yangtze River.
The Baihetan dam will be China's third largest hydroelectric project -- behind the Xiluodu hydropower station, which is designed to have a capacity of 12.6 million kilowatts.
It will be the site of a hydroelectric power station with 18 generators, each with a generating capacity of 725 MW for a total generating capacity of 13,050 MW. In terms of generating capacity, it will be the second largest hydroelectric power plant in the world, the same as Itaipu. When finished, it will be the third largest dam in China and the fourth in the world in terms of dam volume.
Construction of the road to the dam has already started; construction on the dam will start in 2010 and is scheduled to be completed in 2020.