Baihetan Dam

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Baihetan Dam
Baihetan Dam is located in China
Baihetan Dam
Location of Baihetan Dam in China
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 2021 (est.)
Dam and spillways
Type of dam double-curvature arch dam
Impounds Jinsha River
Height 277 metres (909 ft)
Width (crest) 13 metres (43 ft)
Width (base) 72 metres (236 ft)
Total capacity 17,924,000,000 m3 (14,531,223 acre·ft)[1]
Power station
Turbines 16 × 1,000 MW
Installed capacity 16,000 MW
Annual generation 60.24 TWh[2]

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 dam is a 277 m tall double-curvature arch dam with a crest elevation of 827 m. Its width at the base (crest) will be 72 (13) m.[2]

The facility will generate power by utilizing 16 turbines, each with a generating capacity of 1,000 MW, taking the generating capacity to 16,000 MW.[3] In terms of generating capacity, it will be the second largest hydroelectric power plant in the world, after the Three Gorges Dam.[4] 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 2021.[5]

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  1. ^ "Baihetan Hydropower" (in Chinese). Baihetan. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Baihetan Hydropower Project". CWE. Retrieved 2016-02-20. 
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  5. ^ "A Brief History of Hydropower Development Baihetan" (in Chinese). Baihetan China - Ningxia County Public Information Network. 2 December 2009. Archived from the original on 23 August 2011. Retrieved 20 March 2011.