China to complete Three Gorges project in five years

February 26th, 2011 - 4:32 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Feb 26 (IANS) All construction works on China’s Three Gorges project, world’s largest multi-functional water control system, which includes an underground power station and a lift for vessels, will be completed by 2015, an official said. The project’s construction started 18 years ago. Its main works include a gigantic dam, a five-tier ship lock, in addition to hydropower generation. The project is also capable of flood control and navigation.

A spokesman of the China Three Gorges Corp. (CTGC) said that an underground power station with six hydropower turbo-generators and a lift for vessels are being built on the southern and northern banks of the Yangtze river.

The project has had 26 hydropower turbo-generators in operation. After its completion, the power plant will be capable of generating 100 billion kwh of electricity annually, China Daily Saturday quoted the spokesman as saying.

By the end of 2010, the plant generated over 440 billion kwh of electricity. It began generating power in 2003.

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