China's 6,400-MW Xiangjiaba hydropower plant producing electricity

Alstom Xiangjiaba

The first turbine at China's 6,400-MW Xiangjiaba hydroelectic plant on the Jinsha River in Yunnan Province is now contributing power to the country's grid.

HydroWorld.com reported Alstom had delivered the first of the project's 812-MW turbines in May 2011, with installation of Units 7 and 8 being completed in July.

The China Three Gorges Corporation, which operates the US$6.3 billion plant, says Unit 7 is now generating power and that Unit 8 is undergoing testing.

Construction of the Xiangjiaba project began in November 2006. Once complete, it will be the third largest hydroelectric facility in China, after the 22,500-MW Three Gorges and 13,860-MW Xiluodu hydropower projects.

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