Pubugou Dam

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Pubugou Dam
Early stages of construction
Pubugou Dam is located in Sichuan
Pubugou Dam
Location of Pubugou Dam in China Sichuan
Official name 瀑布沟大坝
Coordinates 29°13′30″N 102°49′52″E / 29.22500°N 102.83111°E / 29.22500; 102.83111Coordinates: 29°13′30″N 102°49′52″E / 29.22500°N 102.83111°E / 29.22500; 102.83111
Status In use
Construction began 2004-03-30
Opening date 2010
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Embankment, concrete face rock-fill
Impounds Dadu River
Height 186 m (610 ft)
Creates Pubugou Reservoir
Total capacity 5,390,000,000 m3 (4,369,744 acre·ft)
Power station
Commission date 2009-2010
Turbines 6 x 550 MW
Installed capacity 3,300 MW

The Pubugou Dam (simplified Chinese: 瀑布沟大坝; traditional Chinese: 瀑布溝大壩; pinyin: Pùbùgōu Dàbà) is a concrete face rock-fill embankment dam on the Dadu River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Sichuan Province (located in southwestern China). The main purpose of the dam is hydroelectric power generation and its total generating capacity is 3,300 MW.

Construction started on March 30, 2004, the first generator was put into operation in December 2009 and the rest by March 2010.[1] In 2004, the construction site was overrun by tens of thousands of protesters, though the only eventual result was the delay of construction by one year. The protests were about evictions stemming from planned flooding.[2]

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  1. ^ "State Power Dadu River Falls Hydropower Station Unit 4 put into power generation" (in Chinese). China Guodian. April 2, 2010. Retrieved 9 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "China 'executes dam protester'". BBC. 7 December 2006. Retrieved 9 January 2011.