China generator advances three hydropower projects

China’s Datang International Power Generation Co. Ltd. announced operation of two hydropower projects on the Lixianjiang River and commencement of construction of a third on the Luoze River, all in China’s Yunnan Province.

Datang Power, one of China’s largest independent power producers made the announcement as part of its 2007 annual results. The company reported March 26 a consolidated operating revenue of 32.829 billion renminbi (US$4.68 billion), up 31.85 percent for the year, and consolidated net profit of 3.406 billion renminbi (US$485 million), up 22.62 percent.

While reporting on its diversified generating portfolio, Datang Power reported the 285-MW Longma (or Long Ma) and 165-MW Tukahe (or Tukehe) hydroelectric projects were brought on line during the year on the Lixianjiang River.

Longma and Tukahe join the 120-MW Yayangshan (or Ya Yang Shan), which began operation in 2006 on the Lixianjiang. Datang Power also is developing the 285-MW Jufudu (or Jupodu or Ju Pu Du), 240-MW Gelantan, 130-MW Shimenkan, and 300-MW Zinpingzhai on the Lixinjiang through 2013.

Datang Power also announced it began construction of the 63-MW Luoze River Two-Level hydroelectric projects on the Luoze River in Yunnan. The company announced in August that government authorities granted approval for construction of the two-plant complex in Hengjiang Region. (HNN 8/29/07)

Datang has said it intends to generate 20 percent of its total power output via hydro by 2010 from about 2 percent in 2006.

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