Baihetan Hydropower Station, the largest and most difficult-to-build station of its kind that are under construction in the world, had generated more than 5 billion kilowatt-hours of power by 11:40 am on Sept 7, 2021.
Located over the Jinsha River on the border of Southwest China's Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, the station has 16 hydropower generator units with a maximum power output of 1 million kilowatts, the most in the world.
Its large capacity, advanced technology and outstanding performance are evidence of China's breakthroughs in high-end equipment manufacturing.
A bird's eye view of the Baihetan Hydropower Station over the Jinsha River on the border of Sichuan and Yunnan provinces [Photo/sasac.gov.cn]
The station has highly valued the operation and management of the plant, scientifically carried out equipment diagnosis and analysis, arranged its equipment operation mode and explored and improved the core capacity of the operation and management of its megawatt-level generator units to ensure safe and stable operation since its first units went into operation in June 2021.
The units in operation are now in sound condition with normal technical indexes.
So far, more than 5 billion kWh of clean power has been generated by the station, an equivalent to burning about 1.54 million metric tons of standard coal and a reduction of about 4.2 million tons of carbon dioxide, which has contributed to China's green energy drive, promoted green economic and social development and contributed to the country's goal of reaching peak carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and reaching carbon neutrality by 2060.
As a major part of the nation's west-to-east power transmission project, the station is scheduled to reach full operation of all of its generator units in July 2022. By that time, its average annual power generation capacity will exceed 62.44 billion kWh, making it the second-largest hydropower station in the world following the Three Gorges Project.
(Executive editor: Niu Yilin)