Major New Mekong Dam in China Starts Generating Electricity

25 Sep 2012 by OOSKAnews Correspondent

Chinese authorities announced earlier this week that the major dam at Nuozhadu, on the upper reaches of the Mekong in Yunnan province, has started generating electricity. Nuozhadu is the fifth Chinese dam to be commissioned in Yunnan and it will ultimately have a generating capacity of 5,500 megawatts. At the moment only one of its nine generators is functioning, but all will be in operation in 2014.  Like the already completed dam at Xiaowan, Nuozhadu has been built on a huge scale, with a dam wall rising 261 meters and a reservoir that will eventually cover 320 square kilometers. The official announcement in the China Daily cites the newly operating dam as being one of seven Chinese dams on the upper section of the river lying within Chinese territory (it has previously been widely accepted that there would eventually be eight dams)...

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