Xiluodu Dam

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Xiluodu Dam
Xiluodu Dam is located in China
Xiluodu Dam
Location of Xiluodu Dam
Official name 溪洛渡大坝
Location Xiluodu Town, Yongshan County, Yunnan, China
Coordinates 28°13′02″N 103°33′46″E / 28.21722°N 103.56278°E / 28.21722; 103.56278Coordinates: 28°13′02″N 103°33′46″E / 28.21722°N 103.56278°E / 28.21722; 103.56278
Construction began 2005
Opening date 2013
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Double-curvature arch, concrete
Impounds Jinsha River
Height 285.5 m (937 ft) [1][2]
Length 700 m (2,300 ft)
Elevation at crest 610 m (2,000 ft)
Spillway type 7 x crest floodgates, 5 x tunnels
Creates Xiluodu Reservoir
Total capacity 12,670,000,000 cubic metres (10,271,736 acre·ft)[3]
Active capacity 6,460,000,000 cubic metres (5,237,207 acre·ft)
Catchment area 454,400 km2 (175,400 sq mi)
Normal elevation 600 m (2,000 ft)
Power station
Commission date 2013–2015
Turbines 18 x 770 MW Francis-type
Installed capacity 13,860 MW
Annual generation 57.1 TWh

The Xiluodu Dam (simplified Chinese: 溪洛渡大坝; traditional Chinese: 溪洛渡大壩; pinyin: Xīluòdù Dàbà) is an arch dam on the Jinsha River, i.e. the upper course of the Yangtze River in China. Construction on the dam began in 2003 and in early 2005, the Chinese government halted it due to lack of environmental impact studies. Later, construction was restarted.[4] The first of 18 x 770 MW Francis turbine-generators was commissioned on 15 July 2013.[5] The fourteenth generator was commissioned in April 2014. The remainder are expected to be commissioned by 2015.[6] The 285.5 m (937 ft) tall dam is one of the tallest in the world - the biggest arch dam in the world[7] and a key component of the Jinsha project. The total generating capacity will be 13,860 MW.[8]

The dam site is located near Xiluodu Town, the county seat of Yunnan's Yongshan County. The other side of the river is in Sichuan's Leibo County.

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  1. ^ "Xiluodu Dam, Jinsha River, China". Water Technology. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Xiluodu Hydropower Station to Benefit Hunan with its Digitized Operation". Hunan Provincial People's Government. 6 May 2013. Retrieved 11 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Xiluodu". Chinese National Committee on Large Dams. Retrieved 3 January 2011. 
  4. ^ World's fastest computer brings incalculable benefits
  5. ^ "Xiluodu Hydropower first unit formal grid" (in Chinese). Polaris News. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 2 August 2013. 
  6. ^ "03 April 2014 - China Three Gorges starts 14th unit at 13.9 GW Xiluodu dam (China)". EnerData. 3 April 2014. Retrieved 3 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Edward Burtynsky. "Watermark Synopsis". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  8. ^ "ABB’s GCBs to protect large hydropower plants in China". Retrieved 25 October 2010.