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China’s 6 mega hydropower stations generate 276B kWh electricity


Beijing, 14 February 2024, (TDI): China’s development advances as the 6 mega hydropower stations on the Yangtze River generate 276 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity in 2023. This marked a 5.34 percent increase from the previous year.

Operated by China Yangtze Power Co., Ltd. (CYPC), these stations contributed significantly to China’s development of clean energy goals.

In December 2022, the corridor reached completion, marking a significant milestone. Transitioning to full operational status was the Baihetan hydropower station, positioned in the upper section of the Yangtze River in southwest China.

Additionally, within this corridor stand five other stations. These are Wudongde, Xiluodu, Xiangjiaba, Three Gorges, and Gezhouba. Moreover, The electricity generated by these stations contributes to a significant reduction in carbon emissions, advancing China’s development.

Key Figures and Impact of Yangtze Hydropower Stations

With a total installed capacity of approximately 71.7 million kilowatts, they substantially bolster China’s development of clean energy infrastructure while reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

Estimates indicate a decrease of over 200 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions and a reduction in standard coal consumption by around 83 million metric tons.

Operated by the corporation, the six hydropower stations on the Yangtze River generate 300 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity annually. This led to a significant reduction in coal consumption by 90 million tonnes and carbon emissions by 248 million tonnes.

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Three Gorges Dam and Gezhouba are situated in the middle portion of the Yangtze River. The Wudongde, Baihetan, Xiluodu, and Xiangjiaba are located in the upper section, specifically on the Jinsha River.

In addition to their role in flood management, shipping, and water resource utilization, these hydropower stations contribute significantly to ecological security in the Yangtze River Basin.

Moreover, they collectively establish an extensive 1,800-kilometer clean energy corridor. This underscores the environmental benefits and sustainability of the clean energy corridor.

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