Xiangjiaba Dam

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Xiangjiaba Dam
Xiangjiaba Dam is located in China
Xiangjiaba Dam
Location of Xiangjiaba Dam in China
Official name 向家坝
Location Yunnan
Coordinates 28°38′48″N 104°23′33″E / 28.64667°N 104.39250°E / 28.64667; 104.39250Coordinates: 28°38′48″N 104°23′33″E / 28.64667°N 104.39250°E / 28.64667; 104.39250
Status Operational
Construction began November 26, 2006
Opening date 2012
Dam and spillways
Type of dam Gravity
Impounds Jinsha River
Height 161 metres (528 ft)
Length 909 metres (2,982 ft)
Total capacity 5,163,000,000 m3 (4,185,712 acre·ft)
Catchment area 458,800 km2 (177,144 sq mi)
Surface area 95.6 km2 (37 sq mi)[1]
Power Station
Operator(s) China Yangtze Power
Commission date 2012-2014
Turbines 4 × 812 MW, 4 × 800 MW MW Francis-type
Installed capacity 6,448 MW
Annual generation 30.7 TWh (2015)

The Xiangjiaba Dam (simplified Chinese: 向家坝; traditional Chinese: 向家壩; pinyin: Xiàngjiābà) is a large gravity dam on the Jinsha River, a tributary of the Yangtze River in Yunnan Province and Sichuan Province, southwest China. The facility has eight Francis turbines, four with a capacity of 812 MW and four rated at 800 MW, totalling an installed capacity of 6,448 MW. Xiangjiaba Dam is China's third-biggest hydropower station following Three Gorges Dam and Xiluodu Dam. Construction started on November 26, 2006, and its first generator was commissioned in October 2012.[2] The last generator was commissioned on July 9, 2014.[3]

The output of the generating station is connected to a ±800 kV HVDC link, the Xiangjiaba–Shanghai HVDC system, which transmits much of the power to Shanghai.

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  1. ^ "About Xiangjiaba Hydropower" (in Chinese). Shuifu Development and Reform Bureau. Retrieved 23 August 2011. 
  2. ^ "October impoundment acceptance of the Xiangjiaba Hydropower Station was officially launched" (in Chinese). International Power Grid. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Xiangjiaba, Xiluodu hydropower generating units put into the equivalent of a Three Gorges Power Station" (in Chinese). People's Daily Online. 15 July 2014. Retrieved 21 July 2014.