First unit starts at China’s 1,840-MW Shuibuya

The first unit of the 1,840-MW Shuibuya hydroelectric project began operation in March, four months ahead of schedule, on the Qingjiang River in China’s Hubei Province.

China Gezhouba Construction Group Corp., which is responsible for installation and commissioning of all turbine-generator units, said Unit No. 3 began operation March 3.

Upon completion in 2009, Shuibuya is to generate 3.9 billion kWh annually. China Gezhouba said early completion of the entire project now is feasible.

Hubei Qingjiang named Voith Siemens Hydro Power Generation in 2004 to supply four 460-MW turbines to Shuibuya.

Shuibuya is the largest and most upstream of three projects developed on the Qingjiang by Hubei Qingjiang Hydroelectric Development Co. Ltd. The 1,200-MW Geheyan and 250-MW Gaobazhou projects were completed in 1994 and 2000.

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