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China Energy's Massive Hydropower Station to Open in March 2024

China Daily| Updated: March 16, 2023


Located at 5,000 meters above sea level on the upper reaches of the Yellow River, Maerdang hydropower station is expected to generate an average of more than 7.3 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity per year once becoming fully operational. [MA MINGYAN/CHINA NEWS SERVICE]

China Energy has been stepping up clean energy construction amid the nationwide resumption of work and production, as the government has been taking swift action to resume energy production, a testament to the nation's resilience and determination in the face of adversity.

In addition to the Maerdang hydropower station in Qinghai, the company's clean energy base in the Ningxia Hui autonomous region with a total solar capacity of 3 million kW is also under construction at full speed.

The project is the country's first in response to government ambitions to speed up the construction of solar and wind power generation facilities in the Gobi Desert and other arid regions amid efforts to boost renewable energy.

The first phase with 1 million kW of solar capacity is expected to connect to the grid soon, while the second phase with 2 million kW is also expected to start construction shortly and be operational by the end of this year, it said.

An analyst said the resumption of China's energy projects plays a key role in the world's energy security as well as green transition.

Nationwide resumption of energy projects, including construction of nuclear and hydropower plants, as well as wind and solar farms, will contribute to global efforts to reduce carbon emissions and combat climate change, said Lin Boqiang, head of the China Institute for Studies in Energy Policy at Xiamen University.

China's energy supply is generally secure as the nation forges ahead to meet its climate targets. It has a very secure energy supply system compared with many other countries, Lin said.

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