China's Xiangjiaba hydropower plant awarded Project of the Year honors

Xiangjiaba Turbine

China's 6,400-MW Xiangjiaba hydropower plant has been recognized by the editors of Power Engineering Magazine and RenewableEnergyWorld.com as the 2013 Hydro Project of the Year during the recent POWER GENERATION WEEK conference and exhibition held in Orlando.

Located on the Jinshajiang River on the border between Tibin and Shifu counties in the Yunnan Province, work on the US$6.3 billion project began in November 2006.

Xiangjiaba was developed by China Three Gorges Corporation and outfitted by Alstom, which was awarded the contract in 2008.

Each of the Alstom turbines was manufactured in the company's factory in Tianjin, China, at a rate of one unit every two months. The first unit went into commercial operation in November 2012, with the last being commissioned in July.

Xiangjiaba is the third largest hydroelectric facility in China, trailing only the 22,500-MW Three Gorges and 13,860-MW Xiluodu hydropower projects.

Also nominated for Hydro Project of the Year honors was the North Fork Skokomish Powerhouse and Fish Passage Facility, owned by Tacoma Power near Hoodsport, Wash.

"The innovation and sheer force of will exhibited by this year's Renewable Energy Project of the Year winners is an important achievement worthy of the world's recognition," said Jim Callihan, Vice President and Publisher of Renewable Energy World and RenewableEnergyWorld.com. "Each of these successes, these achievements are important not only for today, but for years to come as the technology of renewable energy evolves for use by future generations."

Awards were also given for coal, gas, nuclear, solar, wind, bioenergy and geothermal.

POWER GENERATION WEEK is comprised of four conferences and exhibitions, including POWER-GEN International, NUCLEAR POWER International, Renewable Energy World North America, and the Financial Forum.

This year's event featured several sessions devoted entirely to hydropower, with topics including plant operation, project financing and small hydropower development.

For more information about POWER GENERATION WEEK, visit here.

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