January 30, 2001
Shanghai: Power projects with a total installed capacity of 45,874 MW were approved between August and December last year, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) revealed, and almost half of it was hydropower. The biggest hydropower projects on the list are the 12,600-MW Xiluodu project, which is being built by the Three Gorges Project Corporation on the Jinsha River between Sichuan and Yunnan, the 3,600-MW Jinping project on Sichuan’s Yalong River, and the 4,200-MW Laxiwa project in Qinghai, on the upper reaches of the Yellow River. During the period, two nuclear power projects, the 1,300-MW Qinshan second-phase project and the 2,000-MW Ling’ao second-phase project, were also given the go-ahead. In addition, 45% of the total capacity to be added will contribute electricity to the central China power grid. The figures demonstrate how much China is relying on hydropower. According to previous figures released by the NDRC, between January 2004 and July 2005, only 9.5% of approved capacity expansion consisted of hydropower projects, with 89.7% consisting of coal-fired power.