Carbon credit approval granted to China’s 102-MW Xiaogushan

The United Nations’ Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) agency has approved an application to sell carbon emissions credits from the 102-MW Xiaogushan hydroelectric project on the Heihe River in China’s Gansu Province.

The Executive Board of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change issued a registration August 24 to project operator Xiaogushan Hydropower Co. Ltd. for certified emissions reductions from Xiaogushan totaling 312,891 metric tons per year, or 3.12 million tons over the 10-year crediting period. The emissions reductions represent tons of carbon dioxide that otherwise would be produced by fossil-fueled generation.

The run-of-river Xiaogushan project is part of a nine-plant Heihe River hydropower development scheme totaling 743.9 MW. (HNN 5/4/07) Originally proposed at 98 MW, Xiaogushan was upgraded to total 102 MW, producing 394 gigawatt-hours a year, displacing energy otherwise produced by coal-fired plants.

The Gansu Province government last year awarded a contract to Gansu Hydroelectric Construction Eng. Co. Ltd. for civil work for slope engineering in the powerhouse area. (HNN 8/31/06)

Participating in the application with Xiaogushan Hydropower Co. is the World Bank Prototype Carbon Fund, with support from the Netherlands.

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