[See also a short BBC clip on people affected by the Three Gorges Dam:
China's 3rd-largest Hydropower Station Starts Operation
November 6, 2012
China's third-largest hydropower station became operational Monday with
the world's largest power generating unit officially starting work.
The No. 7 generator with a capacity of 800,000 kw, at the Xiangjiaba
hydropower station, started working at 4:30 p.m. after a three-day test
run, its operator China Three Gorges Corporation said.
The other of the first batch of generators to be put into use, the No. 8
unit, is still being tested.
The station, designed with eight 800,000-kw generators, has a total
generating capacity only after the Three Gorges and Xiluodu hydropower
Construction of the Xiangjiaba hydropower station, located in the Jinsha
River, a major headstream of the Yangtze in the southwestern Yunnan and
Sichuan provinces, started in late 2006. It started water storage on
Oct. 10 this year.
The station is designed to generate 30.8 billion kwh a year after all
its generators become fully operational. Apart from helping to meet
demand in provinces of Sichuan and Yunnan, it will mainly supply power
to the country's east.
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