China begins work on 4,800-MW Jinping 2

Ertan Hydropower Development Co. begins work this month on the 4,800-MW Jinping 2 hydroelectric project, one of four hydro projects to be built on China’s Yalong River, forming a cascade with the 3,300-MW Ertan project.

The official Xinhua news agency quoted Ertan Hydropower General Manager Chen Yunhua saying Jinping 2 has been approved by a panel of specialists organized by China’s cabinet, the State Council.

The 29.8 billion renminbi (US$3.73 billion) Jinping 2 is to be built 17 kilometers downstream from the 3,600-MW Jinping 1, a US$2.8 billion plant already under construction on the Yalong in southwestern China. Jinping 2 is to require inundation of 27 hectares of farmland and relocation of 129 people, Xinhua said. The project is to be completed in 2014.

Jinping 1 and 2 are to be followed by construction of 1,800-MW Guandi and 400-MW Tongzilin on the Yalong, officials have said. The Ertan project, China’s largest until completion of 18,200-MW Three Gorges Dam, was completed in 1999. (HNN 11/27/06)

China’s development plans call for more than 20 plants eventually to be built on the Yalong, a 1,571-kilometer tributary to the Yangtze River in Sichuan Province.

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