Three Gorges output to rise 23% in 2007

YICHANG, March 2 — The Three Gorges power plant and the downstream Gezhouba power plant on China’s Yangtze River plan to generate 78.6 billion kWh of electricity in 2007, up 23% on the previous year, according to Xinhua.

The raised water level in the Three Gorges Reservoir and new generators planned for 2007 will ensure fulfillment of the target, said Cao Guangjing, deputy general manager of China Three Gorges Project Corporation, which manages the two power plants.

The water level in the Three Gorges Reservoir rose to the 156m mark in October and is expected to reach 175m in 2008.

Three to four gigantic turbo-generators each with an installed capacity of 700MW will go into operation this year. Currently, 14 such generators are operating at full capacity.

Fifteen provinces in central, eastern and southern China use electricity produced by the two power plants,which are both based in Yichang, Hubei province, 38km apart.

Launched in 1993 and built at an estimated cost of RMB180 billion yuan (US$23 billion), the Three Gorges Project will eventually have 26 generators with a combined generating capacity of 18.2GW and be able to generate 84.7 billion kWh of electricity annually.

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