Baihetan Dam

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Baihetan Dam
Baihetan Dam is located in China
Baihetan Dam
Location of Baihetan Dam
Official name 白鹤滩大坝
Coordinates 27°12′13″N 102°53′59″E / 27.20361°N 102.89972°E / 27.20361; 102.89972Coordinates: 27°12′13″N 102°53′59″E / 27.20361°N 102.89972°E / 27.20361; 102.89972
Construction began 2008
Opening date 2019
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Arch
Impounds Jinsha River
Height 277 metres (909 ft)
Total capacity 17,924,000,000 m3 (14,531,223 acre·ft)[1]
Power station
Turbines 18 × 725 MW
Installed capacity 13,050 MW

The Baihetan Dam (simplified Chinese: 白鹤滩大坝; traditional Chinese: 白鶴灘大壩; pinyin: Báihètān Dàbà) is a large hydroelectric dam under construction on the Jinsha River, a tributary of the Yangtze River) in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, in the southwest of China. The facility will generate power by utilizing eighteen turbines, each with a generating capacity of 725 MW, totaling the generating capacity to 13,050 MW. In terms of generating capacity, it will be the fourth largest hydroelectric power plant in the world, after the Three Gorges Dam, Itaipu and Xiluodu Dam.[2] When finished, it will be the third largest dam in China and the fourth in the world, in terms of dam volume. Construction on the dam began in 2008 and is expected to be complete in 2019.[3]

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  1. ^ "Baihetan Hydropower" (in Chinese). Baihetan. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
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  3. ^ "A Brief History of Hydropower Development Baihetan" (in Chinese). Baihetan China - Ningxia County Public Information Network. 2 December 2009. Retrieved 20 March 2011.