China finally to begin work on 6,000-MW Xiangjiaba

Almost a year behind an earlier schedule, China said it would begin construction November 26 of the 6,000-MW Xiangjiaba hydroelectric project on the Jianshajiang River, a main tributary of the Yangtze River.

The official Xinhua News Agency reported China is starting construction of the project. Late last year, Xinhua had quoted China Three Gorges Project Corp. officials saying work would start in early 2006 in Sichuan Province. (HNN 12/29/05)

About 88,900 local people would have to make way for the US$3.68 billion Xiangjiaba, Xinhua quoted project sources as saying. When completed in 2015, the project is to generate about 31 billion kWh a year.

Last December, China started constructing the 12,600-MW Xiluodu project, also along the Jianshajiang River and the second-largest hydro project after the 18,200-MW Three Gorges Dam.

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