Liyuan Dam

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Liyuan Dam
Liyuan Dam is located in China
Liyuan Dam
Location of Liyuan Dam
Location Border of Yulong County and Shangri-La County, Yunnan Province
Coordinates 27°39′42″N 100°17′24″E / 27.66167°N 100.29000°E / 27.66167; 100.29000Coordinates: 27°39′42″N 100°17′24″E / 27.66167°N 100.29000°E / 27.66167; 100.29000
Construction began 2008
Opening date 2014 (est.)
Construction cost 16.2 billion RMB ($2.4 billion USD)
Dam and spillways
Impounds Jinsha River
Height 155 m (509 ft)
Creates Liyuan Reservoir
Total capacity 727,000,000 m3 (589,388 acre·ft)
Catchment area 220,000 km2 (84,942 sq mi)
Surface area 14.73 km2 (6 sq mi)
Power station
Commission date 2014 (est.)
Turbines 4 x 600 MW
Installed capacity 2,400 MW

The Liyuan Dam is an under construction concrete face rock-fill embankment dam on the Jinsha River on the border of Yulong County and Shangri-La County, Yunnan Province, China. The dam will have an associated hydroelectric power station with a 2,400 MW power station containing 4 x 600 MW generators. Construction on the river diversion for the dam began in 2008 and its power plant is expected to be in commercial operation by 2014.[1][2]

The 155 m (509 ft) dam will withhold a reservoir of 727,000,000 m3 (589,388 acre·ft), of which 209,000,000 m3 (169,439 acre·ft) will be active or "useful" storage. Normal reservoir level will be 1,618 m (5,308 ft) above sea level with a minimum of 1,602 m (5,256 ft). The catchment area for the reservoir in the upstream basin is 220,000 km2 (84,942 sq mi) while the reservoir surface area will be 14.73 km2 (6 sq mi).[3]

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  1. ^ "Liyuan Hydropower Project in Yunnan Province Alstom obtained the contract - Alstom - Electrical Industry". FrBiz. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "Jinsha River Dams". International Rivers. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  3. ^ "Liyuan Hydropower" (in Chinese). Baidu. Retrieved 9 January 2011.