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China's pride: World's largest hydropower project

Last updated on: July 4, 2012 09:01 IST

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For the first time, all 32 giant generators of China's Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest hydropower project, went into production, generating nearly 22 million kw of power.

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Image: The Three Gorges Dam Project discharges flood water to lower the water level in the reservoir in Yichang, Hubei province.
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Apart from producing electricity, the Three Gorges Dam, a multi-functional water control system costing $22.5 billion, is intended to increase the Yangtze River's shipping capacity and reduce the potential for floods downstream by providing flood storage space.

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Image: Workers are pictured at a generating unit of the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, central China's Hubei province.
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It is the first time all 32 generators, including the last turbine, started up at the same time, said Zhang Chengping, head of the machinery and electronic engineering bureau of the China Three Gorges Corporation.

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Image: The Three Gorges Dam discharges water to lower the level in a reservoir in Yichang, Hubei province.
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The outbound flow rose to 34,000 cubic meters per second on Monday evening due to floodwater from the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and it was sufficient for the operation of the 32 generators, which has a full load of 700,000 kw each, he said.

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Image: Journalists take pictures as the Three Gorges Dam discharges water to lower the level in its reservoir in Yichang, Hubei province.
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The 32 generators of the 180-billion-yuan Three Gorges project, which was launched in 1993, have a combined generating capacity of 22.4 million kw, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

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Image: A rotor of a generator is installed at the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, Hubei province.
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Located in Yichang city in central China's Hubei province, the dam is 2,309-meter-long and has a height of 185 -meters. It has five-tier ship lock to facilitate smooth shipping operations.

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Image: The Three Gorges Dam discharges water to lower the level in the reservoir in Yichang, Hubei province.
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The construction of the Three Gorges project began in 1993 and was finished in 2009. It started generating electricity in 2003.



Image: An aerial view shows the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River in Yichang, Hubei province.
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