TROUBLE IN TIBET – ILLEGAL ACTIONS OF RED CHINA
Red China’s construction of hydropower plants and river damming activity in Tibet is “ILLEGAL” for Occupation of Tibet is illegal.
Ann Arbor, MI 48104-4162 USA
SPECIAL FRONTIER FORCE
China starts construction of Tibet’s biggest hydropower plant on upper reaches of Yangtze River
Power plant expected to provide electricity to developed eastern provinces
PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 April, 2016, 4:01am
China has started construction of the first hydropower station on the Jinsha River – part of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River – that will supply electricity to the economically well-off regions in the country’s east, official media reported.
The Suwalong hydro power project at the junction of Mangkam county in Tibet and Batang county in Sichuan province has a design capacity of 1.2 gigawatts and will be able to generate about 5,400 gigawatt hours of electricity a year when completed in 2021, Xinhua reported.
The design capacity is more than double that of the Zangmu hydropower plant, Tibet’s largest existing hydro project, which was completed in October on the Yarlung Zongbo river.
It is hoped that the 18 billion yuan (HK$21.5 billion) Suwalong dam, could pave the way for other projects in the headwaters of the adjacent Nu (Salween) and Lancang (Mekong) rivers to “fuel development” of hydro power in Tibet, the official website Tibet.cn reported.
China’s second largest dam the Xiluodu dam, under construction along the Jinsha River in Yongshan County, Yunnan near the border Sichuan.
The Suwalong project will also boost local social and economic development in Tibet, according to the website.
Construction of the 112-metre-high dam is expected to start next year.
Developed by China Huadian Corp, the Suwalong dam is being built at a time when the weak grid infrastructure and falling demand for electricity has left many hydropower stations lying idle in the mountainous southwest region.
More that 20,000 GWh of hydro electricity were not used in Sichuan and Yunnan provinces, which neighbour Tibet, in 2014. Energy experts estimated that enough water to generate 40,000 GWh was simply allowed to run through turbines in the region last year.
Copyright © 2016 South China Morning Post Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.