Jinghong Hydropower Station--Yunnan
- Description: Jinghong Hydropower Station, which began construction in July 2003, will have a combined generating capacity of 1.75 million kw upon completion. It has been built with a dam that is 108 m high and 704
Jinghong Hydropower Station, which began construction in July 2003, will have a combined generating capacity of 1.75 million kw upon completion. It has been built with a dam that is 108 m high and 704.5 m long on the Lancang River, known as the Mekong River once it leaves Chinese territory.
The project is a key part of the country's strategy to develop its vast western region and send electricity from there to the more populated eastern area. Apart from power generation, the project will also bring such benefits as shipping, flood control and tourism development.
With a budget of 12.3 billion yuan (about US$ 1.76 billion), the Jinghong station is the third such facility on the river. It will be capable of generating 7.86 billion kwh of electricity annually when it fully completed next year.
From the Tibetan Plateau, the Lancang runs through Tibet Autonomous Region and Yunnan Province, and flows through Myanmar, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam before emptying into the South China Sea. The river has a length of 2,100 km inside China, and is said to have 25.45 million kw of hydropower potential.
China plans to build 15 power stations on the river with a total installed capacity of 25.2 million kw. At present, the Manwan and Dachaoshan power stations are operational.