China region completes work on 100-MW Zhikong

Officials of China’s Tibet Autonomous Region announced completion of the 100-MW Zhikong hydroelectric project on Lhasa River in Tibet’s Maizhokunggar County.

The official Xinhua news agency said Zhikong, also called Zhigung, is the largest such project in the region, with four 25-MW turbine-generators and a 50-meter-tall dam. It began operation September 23.

Director Wang Qinghua of the Tibet Regional Power Bureau said the project can generate 407,000 MWh per year for Lhasa, 100 kilometers away, and other central Tibet cities. Its reservoir, which can hold 225 million cubic meters, also is to play a role in flood control and irrigation.

Construction of the project, which began in 2002, cost 1.33 billion renminbi (US$162 million).

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